Could New York Rangers' Front Office Be At the Mercy of Henrik Lundqvist?

By Steven Carollo
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New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is entering the last season of his current contract with the Rangers, and fans like me are a little nervous if he is going to resign.  Actually very nervous, since Lundqvist is hands down the best player on the Rangers current roster by far and anyone can make the argument that without him, the Rangers would not even have come close to making the playoffs this season.

As of right now, however, the Rangers first priority is looking for a new head coach, as John Tortorella was fired after a disappointing second round exit, in which the Rangers were ousted in five games by the Boston Bruins.

Now time and time again, Lundqvist has expressed his love for New York City, but has also expressed his love for winning the Stanley Cup, and so far in his eight-year career, all with the Rangers, the word Stanley Cup champion and Rangers just don’t seem to mix.

What I am afraid of, and I am sure a lot of fans feel this way too, is what if Henrik feels that he can never win a Stanley Cup with the Rangers, and even though he loves New York City, he feels he has to move on to a team more suited and committed to winning a championship.

Rangers GM Glen Sather has said on numerous occasions how he wants to sign Lundqvist to a long-term deal and make him a Ranger for life.

With that in mind, does Lundqvist have some pull in who the Rangers hire as their new head coach?  Absolutely. One might even say that the Rangers front office is at the mercy of Lundqvist, but that is just one man’s opinion.


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