Greg's Interview Series: Rangers' Writer Brian Monzo
GC: As a writer covering the Rangers for SNY, what classes or majors did you have to take in college to prepare yourself for that career field?
BM: I took broadcasting—a lot of audio editing and practicing doing radio shows. I wrote for the college newspaper briefly, but was more into radio. I went to school for journalism, but after taking an "Intro to Radio" class, I changed majors to broadcasting.
GC: Of the available free agents out there, which one do you think is the most likely target for Glen Sather and do you think they will try to unload one of the four major contracts?
BM: It's gonna be tough for the Rangers to make any moves via free agency. Markus Naslund retiring helped them out, but they need to re-sign Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky, who will both be calling for multi-year deals. They may look to sign Mike Knuble as a power forward, but I would guess they would love to bring back Nik Antropov before they look elsewhere. The Rangers are in trouble unless they can move Scott Gomez, Chris Drury, Wade Redden or Michal Roszival. Rozsival would likely be the easiest to move.
GC: After struggling mightily towards the end of the season, what are the chances the Rangers will bring back Nikolai Zherdev?
BM: Nikolai Zherdev is a mystery. At times he is amazing, other times he is invisible. My guess is the Rangers do bring him back. If I were the GM, I would certainly dangle him on draft day to move up in the draft.
GC: Finally, do you think that the Rangers will ever win a Cup with Lundqvist in net? He seems to get too easily frustrated and that has been hurting his game.
BM: I think the Rangers win a Cup with Lundqvist -- and I disagree, I think he plays great under pressure, but needs a team around him that can do the same. This is NOT that team, but in a few years, anything is possible.
Brian and I will also be following up this July, after free agency teeters out and we know where who is going where. If you have any questions regarding that, please send them to me and I will try to ask him those at that time.
Also, make sure to check out the other interviews in the series that include Antoine Lafleur, Matt Zaba, and Devin DiDiomete.
Greg Caggiano is a writer here on Bleacher Report covering the New York Rangers. He has a New York area sports teams blog called Metro-Sports, where you can read great articles about all professional sports teams that play in the area by a dedicated team of young writers.
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