Not even one day after Henrik Lundqvist came back to the United States, specifically New York City, questions about his contract talks with the New York Rangers and his possible unrestricted free agency after the 2013-14 NHL season have already started.
Lundqvist’s response will make every Rangers fan feel a little bit better if you are worried about him leaving as I am (partially).
According to NBC Sports, Lundqvist said he’s “not thinking about free agency at all.” He later claimed that there is no other place he would want to be than playing in New York City for the Rangers.
“The way the organization has treated me, the way that our team has played over the last few years, the way I feel about New York City, this is definitely the place I want to be.”
All very good things to hear if you are a Rangers fan, especially after reporters asked him the same question at the end of the Rangers’ season and he referred to New York in a past tense. That got a lot of fans nervous, including myself. Now, keep in mind that there will not be a rush to sign Lundqvist since Rangers GM Glen Sather has to focus first on signing center Derek Stepan, who is a restricted free agent for this season.
If you think about it, Sather can now wait even longer to sign Lundqvist because of his new comments. Still, I wouldn’t keep him waiting too long.