Will Henrik Lundqvist Leave New York Rangers After Next Season?

By Steven Carollo
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

With Alain Vigneault now taking over behind the bench, New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist can still choose to walk when his contract expires at the end of next season.

Many people contribute Lundqvist’s remarks of referring to New York in the past tense, when asked by reporters if he was going to stay with the Rangers longterm, because of John Tortorella and his coaching style.

Well what if Lundqvist’s comments had nothing to do with Tortorella, and he has just had enough of being a Ranger?

It can be a possibility that he is just fed up with losing, which the Rangers do every year, and would like to move on to greener pastures to a team that respects his talents, instead of abuse them, and can score goals so he can win a Stanley Cup before he retires.

I know Lundqvist loves the city of New York, but maybe his love for the Rangers is nearing an end, as he knows he cannot win with this franchise because they are always one step behind everyone else.  I mean just look at the two teams in the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup finals. The Rangers aren’t even on the same planet as the Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, and Lundqvist knows this. The Rangers aren’t going to compete for a Stanley Cup next season since they have too many holes to fill, not enough cap space to fill it and not enough talent on the team already to make up for it.

So with all that being said, I will not be surprised if Lundqvist decides to leave the Rangers next year so that he can play for an actual cup contender.

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