OFFICIAL: Rangers loan forward Lias Andersson to HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) January 26, 2020
Andersson, 21, returned home to Sweden at the end of December and requested a trade from the Rangers. Some mistranslated quotes out of Sweden seemed to suggest Andersson was dealing with some mental health issues but he denies that’s the case.
“I think the challenge will be trying to trade an asset at this point in time where he hasn’t met the promise that some drafted so high (do),” Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston said during a Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada in December. “But obviously he’s someone the Rangers can’t just give away for free.”
Before returning home, Andersson split time between between the Rangers and their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolfpack, each of the past three seasons. In 66 NHL games, the centre has three goals and nine points.