Lundqvist talks to Swedish outlet about Karlsson, “we want him”

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Henrik Lundqvist spoke with Swedish sports paper, Expressen and dished on a few things. However, the most eyebrow raising quote came on the topic of free agent defenseman, Erik Karlsson.

On Erik Karlsson

These translations are rough but here is the main point from the article.

During the last few weeks, a lot of rumors have also begun to flourish about Erik Karlsson to the New York Rangers.
Something that makes Henrik Lundqvist shine like a sun when it comes to speech during our interview. Such a player of that caliber would mean a great deal for a team for us, or any team for that matter. But as I said, this summer is important for our organization, partly with the rope where we have many choices and we have a lot of “capspace” as well, he says and continues: There have been some rumors about Erik and other players so we’ll see what happens.

Lundqvist (Expressen)

However for the most important quote, I reached out to the reporter on this story, Robin Lindgreen to make sure there was no confusion. Here is what he sent me:

“Q: So are you going to contact him via [text] to try to convince him into moving to NY? A: Yeah, we┬┤ll see about that. It’s such a important decision for him and his family, so you don’t want to push him too hard into something. But I’m pretty sure he’ll get texts from plenty of players in the league because he’s such a skilled player that can make the difference. But of course we want him to our team.”

Hank on Kakko

Henrik also discussed the excitement about drafting either Hughes or Kakko. He offered this tidbit on Kakko.

He is big and strong, and can handle the physical game and it appeals to me very much. You see here in the World Cup that he takes care of in a good way too.

Lundqvist (Expressen)

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at YardBarker, and MSN. Features have been linked on Sportsnet, NBC, TFP, NY POST, NEWSDAY and more.