SHL cancels season, what’s next for Lias Andersson and Nils Lundkvist with Rangers

The SHL cancelled their entire season, including the playoffs. That means both Lias Andersson and Nils Lundkvist’s are over. So what happens next for these two players? In truth, it’s complicated.

Lias Andersson

The saga between the Rangers and Lias Andersson was just dealt another odd twist of fate. From his public demand for a trade to bolting the Wolf Pack, the two sides were dealing with irreconcilable differences. At this point all we know is Lias’ side of the story about playing hurt and feeling he wasn’t being treated fairy. He left for Sweden to go home and get his head and body right.

Andersson (HV71)

Eventually the both sides connected and allowed Andersson to get back to playing. He was loaned to HV71 and was heating up before the cancellation of the season. Which leads me to believe that under the current circumstances, if the AHL and NHL seasons resume, the door is not closed on a possible return. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the two sides may have reached a point where communication is good enough to work something out. The end game is still a trade at the draft, but continuing play in North America now may be the best way to facilitate that request.

Nils Lundkvist

While there is no issue between Nils Lundkvist and the Rangers the desire from both is to get to North America as soon as possible. Nils was padding his record totals for a U20 player in the SHL before the cancellation. Now the hold up on getting him to follow K’Andre Miller path is international play.

This all hinges on what the IIHF does as well as if Nils gets a call up to the National Team which is likely. While the IIHF hasn’t cancelled the World Championships they have already cancelled two other tournaments. So what happens next with Nils hinges on the what the IIHF does next.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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