Read: Looking At Henrik Lundqvist’s Comments

Henrik LundqvistAt Ranger Rants , Andrew Gross takes a look at what Henrik Lundqvist said on break up day and says that it sounds like Lundqvist’s agents spoke to him and told him what to say when it came to the inevitable questions about a contract extension.

Gross says that it seems like a negotiating ploy to put the pressure on the Rangers and keep all leverage on Lundqvist’s side, “if Lundqvist comes out and says yesterday that of course he’s going to be a Ranger and he’s willing to negotiate, the Rangers gain some small degree of leverage in the negotiations, however slight.”

He also says, like Larry Brooks did in the NY Post, that this was probably also a note to the Rangers about how they can’t take Lundqvist for granted and that they need to improve in other areas if they want to keep him.

Lundqvist was asked later on what he thought about the direction of the team and said as long as the team learns from the mistakes that they made and use the experience of 32 playoff games in two years, the team should be in good shape for next year.

It has been suggested that Lundqvist made those comments as a way to voice frustration with John Tortorella.