There has been plenty of speculation regarding the future of New York Rangers’ goaltender Henrik Lundqvist. One thing has been made perfectly clear, Hank will not be playing for Frolunda HC in the Swedish Hockey League.
The King’s twin brother Joel Lundqvist removed any doubt or suggestion that his brother would be heading back home to play with Hank’s former team should the Blueshirts buyout the final year of his contract.
Joel decided it was time to clear the air following his team’s 2-0 win over Djurgården at Hovet. Speaking to HockeyNews.se, Hank’s brother had this to say about the rumors,
No. That door is closed. I can say that. It will not be, There is a lot that comes into play in such a decision. But I get that question constantly and just to kill speculation and other things. That will not be the case.
The question of whether Hank would play with his brother has been ongoing since the Rangers were eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Once the team returned home from the Toronto Hub, he and his family headed back to his home in Sweden. The Blueshirts and Lundqvist have said very little about what could happen once the playoffs conclude this season and his future becomes the front and center conversation in New York City.
When Septemeber arrived, Hank and his family returned back to New York so that his daughters could resume their education.
The buyout window opened on Sept. 25, but the Rangers made no announcements aside from the trade of defenseman Marc Staal, along with a 2021 second-round pick, to Detroit on Saturday night.