We are just a few days removed from the stunning revelation that the Rangers told Henrik Lundqvist they will not carry three goalies next season.
“I had a good chat with him when we got off the plane from Toronto. It was a discussion we had, we’ll continue the dialogue,” JD said after losing to Carolina. ”His representative, Donnie Meehan is a good man. We will talk and see where we go. We made it clear that we aren’t carrying three goalies next year.”
Lundqvist retirement rumors and Frolunda
Back on August 5th, I wrote how due to ramifications of COVID-19 delaying the start of the NHL in 2020-2021, Lundqvist is considering retiring. Based on info I gathered, because the SHL season will start before the NHL’s he is considering starting there.
During the pause, Lundqvist spent a lot of time in Sweden with his brother Joel at Frolunda’s training facility. Sources based in Sweden told me that Henrik Lundqvist may very well retire and join his brother for one season with Frolunda. After that, he could make an NHL comeback for the Cup with a contender at 40.
Frolunda is tight lipped on any Lundqvist rumors
Now that Henrik is back home in Sweden, it is expected that this rumor will intensify. Johan Rylander spoke with former Ranger and now Frolunda director, Freddie Sjostrom.
He brought up the Rangers legendary goaltender to Freddie. ”Henrik is under contract another for another year with the Rangers,” Sjostrom answered. “So for us there is not much to comment on. Their season has just ended, so we will see what happens when the new one starts.”
I have also reached out to Frolunda’s Director of Media Relations, Peter Kymmer but to no avail. The bottom line is that Frolunda is playing this one close to the vest at the moment. The only noteworthy thing is that they have not outright dismissed it as just rumors.
Lundqvist and his family have some soul searching to do. While nothing is official, it certainly sounds like the Rangers have informed him they are moving on and will work with him on an amicable separation, whatever that may be.
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