Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist sounded awfully unsure of his future with the Rangers before quickly clarifying his comments.
The 37-year-old, who has two years remaining on his contract, told the Swedish newspaper Expressen, "I don't know if I'll stay with the Rangers my entire career."
"I have two years left on my deal and it has always been my goal to stay with the Rangers, but once you get up there in age you never know," he said. "I know what I want, but if the club has other ideas I know I'll have to listen. You can't just do your own thing. Sometimes the dream might not work out in the end ... we'll see what happens."
Shortly after the comments began making waves across the Internet, Lundqvist told Larry Brooks of The Post in an email that he and the Rangers are on the same page.
"I'd like to clarify my statement because I feel it caused some unnecessary speculation," Lundqvist wrote. "My thinking hasn't changed. The organization and I are in the same page.
"What I meant is that a player never becomes bigger or more important than an organization. While it is still my goal to win the Cup in New York before I retire, at the same time I understand as a player that I have to respect the position we are in and process we are going through."
Lundqvist, who is representing Sweden in the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, has not won a Stanley Cup Final in his 14-year career and the Rangers have not reached the playoffs since the 2016-17 season.
Lundqvist is coming off a season in which he ranked near the bottom of the league with a goals against average of 3.09 -- the highest of his career -- and had a .907 save percentage, which ranked 36th among 54 goalies with at least 25 games played in net.
"The season started good," Lundqvist told Expressen. "I came in and had a lot of energy. I haven't felt as good in years, physically, mentally and in terms of technique. I was incredibly pleased with my first month of the season. After that it turned out to be a lot harder than I thought.
"We lost a lot and it really took its toll on me mentally. Very much a challenge. I've always played to win and every year with the Rangers I've felt like we've had a shot at winning the Cup. But not this season. It was a very strange situation to be in."
The season reached the point where the Rangers began trading away their veterans at the trade deadline as they undergo a rebuild.
Lundqvist was memorably emotional the day after the team traded Mats Zuccarello to the Dallas Stars.
The Rangers also have 23-year-old backup Alexandar Georgiev, who impressed with a 2.91 GAA and .914 save percentage in 33 games.
For now, Lundqvist's focus is with Sweden in his sixth World Championship.
"I don't know how many more years I'll get to play hockey, how many opportunities I'll get to play in a World Championship," Lundqvist said. "It took me a while to digest what happened this season. But once I did, I felt strongly that the opportunity to compete for another World Championship was too good to pass up on."