2/28/18 | 12:10PM: Lundqvist met with the media on Tuesday in Vancouver to discuss the state of the team and said (NYR):
- "A big part of our team is gone. I woke up today and it's almost that you can't believe it, so many years playing together and going through so many things, it's just a different team. It's a new time that starts, we have to make the most of it. A lot of guys here are here for the first time and we will do whatever we can to support the new guys and try to win games."
- "I don't look further than this season. Whatever happens this summer, I don't know the plans. A big part of the team and good friends are gone. As a competitor when you know things can happen this way you have to set your mind the right way and it's been a little challenging for me the last couple of weeks but now it's done."
- As a twin, he was inspired by watching the Sedins dominate in Sweden.
- On Alain Vigneault, "going from Torts to AV was like two different animals for sure. AV is very calm and I learned a lot, a lot from Torts, a lot from AV, the way they approach the game and teach the game. This year it's been a bit challenging but you learn a lot from that as well."
- "I've never experienced anything like it. Ever since I was really young it was all about going for it to win and obviously when we knew we weren't going to add to get better now, that we are looking further it's a mindset that I had to work at a little bit for sure. It's new but I totally understand where we are and what needs to be done and it's important how we manage these 19 games for this group and the organization moving forward. It feels important that we dig deep and try to finish strong and then see where we are at."
- On Namestnikov, "very skilled. A guy like that can open up the game with how he sees the game, it's always great to have skilled guys on your team."
- He said that he looks forward to getting to know Namestnikov and seeing him in action.
2/27/18 |9:32AM: Henrik Lundqvist said that it's been a tough month for the players as they had to deal with rumors and knowing that changes would be made. (Expressen)
Lundqvist told a Swedish newspaper that this is not the direction he thought the Rangers would take a few months ago but that now there is a long-term plan in place. (Expressen)
He said that it will be a "test" to play out the rest of the season but that the team needs to try and make the best of the situation. (Expressen)
Lundqvist also repeatedly stated that he does not intend to ask the Rangers for a trade. (Expressen)
On Sunday, Lundqvist was asked by John Giannone why he wanted to stay with the Rangers and said, "I love this franchise and everything they do for the players, everything they have given me for almost 13 years. I can't see myself anywhere else, I really can't. I hope this is something that I will learn from and the rest of us can learn from what we are going through and then I hope we will be very competitive real soon."
Adam Rotter: This is the first time in Lundqvist's career where the Rangers have really looked at the future over the present. They made move after move, year after year, to build a team around Lundqvist that could compete for the Stanley Cup. They tried, they came close and now they are starting over. It's going to be tough on him but hopefully the Rangers can compete for a playoff spot and turn things around quickly.