September 26, 2020

Rangers Roundup: No Lundqvist buyout, Shattenkirk’s redemption, and more

New York Rangers rumors will swirl around these players (NHLI/Getty Images)

The Rangers were never going to buyout Henrik Lundqvist out of the gate. It didn’t make sense as I wrote in detail yesterday morning. It’s a matter of respect for one, and it would also come off as if the decision was easy.

You also need to understand the uncertainty surrounding the NHL landscape. For example, no one thought Bobby Ryan was going to be bought out yesterday. And there could be a lot of other surprise buyouts and trades. The Rangers need to assess it all.

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No Lundqvist buyout this weekend

Late yesterday, Darren Dreger went on TSN to discuss the Lundqvist situation. “The Rangers want to treat Henrik Lundqvist with the respect he deserves,” Dreger began. “There’s no trade interest at this point in Henrik Lundqvist but that could change.” Additionally he added that with money on the table Lundqvist is unlikely to retire.

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Henrik Lundqvist (Newsday/Jim McIsaac)

“That leaves another option and the potential of buying him out,” he continued. “What I was told by sources associated with the club is that decision isn’t going to be made today or this weekend.”

From what I understand, there was at least one team interested in Lundqvist. As of now, nothing has materialized but we are still over a week away from the NHL draft. That will mark a key date for a lot of teams to make decisions. If there’s a trade it will happen by then, or we will see a buyout.

Kevin Shattenkirk’s road to redemption

Former Ranger, Kevin Shattenkirk notched the game 4 OT winner and is now one win away from lifting the Stanley Cup. Shatty is a great story after being maligned by Barry Trotz, and then being bought out by his childhood dream team the Rangers.

“I never kind of forget what happened last summer and I’ve used that to fuel me and just not get comfortable,” Shattenkirk said. “I’m looking forward to tomorrow night because then it could all come really full circle.”

Good for Shatty and the Rangers last captain, Ryan McDonagh who are close to winning the Cup.

Jacob Trouba remembers the trade call to NY

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