4/19/18 | James Dolan told Larry Brooks of the NY Post that the Rangers spoke with Henrik Lundqvist and offered to find a "good landing place" for him if he didn't want to go through the rebuild. (NY Post)
Lundqvist declined the offer and said that he wants to see it through, something that Dolan said he was happy to hear. (NY Post)
Dolan said that Lundqvist was able to keep the Rangers in the playoff race for a while this season and that having him "in place gives us a great foundation going forward." (NY Post)
When asked about Lundqvist after the deadline, Jeff Gorton said "no one in our organization thinks that he is close to done. He has shown flashes this year of being among the top 10 goalies. I had a long conversation with Henrik about what he wants to do, where he wants to go. His heart is in NY, he wants to win here. He is not at the point where he is going to come in and say he is done and wants to move on. We are excited moving forward with him."
When Gorton was asked what would happen if Lundqvist wanted to move, he said "I think honestly that is one that is a little above me, I'd have to talk to some people here and have some hard conversations. He's a very important player to the organization and city.
Following the end of the season, Gorton was asked where Lundqvist fits and said, "he fits right in the middle of it. He has stated and we have stated that he wants to be a Ranger and we want him to continue to be a Ranger. He is our best player, our franchise player and we think that as it stands he belongs here and our rebuild could be centered around him. We don't think he is done by any means, he showed that in stretches this year how good he can still be. Hopefully we will have a team surrounding him that can cut down on some scoring chances. He will be here and is part of it and we are happy to have him."
Adam Rotter: Henrik wants to stay but it's not surprising that the Rangers went and offered him the chance to move if he wanted to. Lundqvist has been everything to the Rangers since he came over from Sweden and they did the right thing in asking if he wanted to be part of this process. He loves the Rangers, loves the City and wants nothing more than to bring the Stanley Cup back. It would have been tough, had Lundqvist wanted to go, to move him at the deadline, especially with everything else the Rangers had to do, but the Rangers may had been able to find a way.