In the New Yorker, Alec Wilkinson writes that one of the questions that needs to be asked about hiring Mark Messier to be coach of the Rangers is what kind of impact it would have on Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist has one year left on his deal and Wilkinson writes that bringing in Messier would just about write Lundqvist’s ticket out of town.
He writes, “anyone who thinks that Lundqvist would favorably regard the handing of the team’s fortunes to an unproven coach is dreaming.”
Lundqvist told Steve Serby in 2012 that he would like to stay a Ranger forever.
Lundqvist said during the lockout that he would like to stay with the Rangers but it depends on the direction of the team.
Adam Rotter: The direction of the organization is the most important thing when it comes to negotiating a new contract with Henrik Lundqvist. If he believes in the plan that Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton and Rangers management have for the next few years, he will stay. I believe that Lundqvist wants to stay a Ranger, stay in NY, and get that parade down the Canyon of Heroes. He has spoken about how he has started to think about the future and how the team needs to take advantage of their chances in the playoffs and that is where those comments came from on breakup day. The Rangers had been trending upward but seemingly plateaued this year. Hank needs to know that the organization doesn’t think this is good enough and that there is 100% commitment toward building a better team, or more powerful team and one that will be able to score some goals.