Henrik Lundqvist told Larry Brooks that he will support whatever path the Rangers decide to go down in relation to being sellers at the trade deadline. (NY Post)
Lundqvist said that he wants the Rangers to have the "best team possible" right now but that he plans to spend his entire career in New York and is not considering asking for a move to a team that might have a better chance at the Stanley Cup. (NY Post)
He said that he made a commitment to the organization when he signed his last contract and added. "I love it here. I want to be here and battle through the ups and downs, the good and the bad. It's important to me." (NY Post)
Lundqvist has a full-no move clause and three more-years on his contract after this season with a cap hit of $8.5 million. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: Whenever the idea or concept of selling comes up, my first thought it always to Henrik Lundqvist. The Rangers have been buyers the last number of years, sometimes in big ways, to try and help Lundqvist put the Rangers over the top. They had a chance in 2014 to win the Stanley Cup and were only one period away from another chance in 2015. Now the team is looking much more like one that needs to continue shaking things up and breaking from the core that last had a chance to win.
The Rangers have trended the last couple of years towards getting younger and trying to retool while also trying to win but this seems like it might be different. Moving on from potential UFAs is one thing but moving on from the captain and/or heart and soul player in Mats Zuccarello would be something different. The question that I have always wondered is if Henrik would want to stay if almost all of the core was moved or if the Rangers wanted to sell, but the answer is that he does. Henrik's presence alone means that the Rangers are in a better spot than most teams going through the same and you just look around the league at how teams bounce back from one year to the next and the Rangers might be able to do the same. Henrik should never play for another team besides the Rangers and hopefully the moves that they make will get them back toward contending quickly.