1:56PM: Lundqvist sent out the following tweets:
- For the past few weeks I’ve been trying to determine how to best stay ready for the NHL season.Both physically and mentally it’s a challenge
- I have made the decision not to join Frolunda at this time. Still waiting to see what’s going to happen with the lockout.
8:27AM: Henrik Lundqvist and his hometown team in Gothenberg Sweden, the Frolunda Indians, have mutually agreed, for right now, to not pursue an arrangement where Lundqvist would play for Frolunda.
In a statement from Frolunda, Lundqvist said that if he is going to play anywhere during the lockout, it will be with Frolunda, but he wants to continue to and see what happens with the lockout.
Part of the statement from the Frolunda website, when translated reads, “-The news we have come to together and apply to the situation we have today. When and if the situation with the lockout will change if we can change this decision at fairly short notice, says Henrik Lundqvist.
-But no need to hesitate, if I’ll play somewhere else during this lockout, then it is in Frölunda, says Henrik.
-I’ll see how long I stay in Gothenburg this time, it all depends on how the lockout unfold. But I hope to be involved and do some work in Frölunda organization as long as I’m home in Gothenburg, on some youth trainings and Hockey School, says “Henke”.”
From HockeySverige, “”Henke” has been extremely professional in this and we have reasoned and forth. Now it feels good to come to this announcement. Nice also to know that if the lockout drags on, we know we have “Henke” said club director Anderz Larqvist.”
Lundqvist traveled back to Sweden last week.
Henrik Lundqvist landed in Sweden this morning and when asked if he was hungry to get back on the ice, Lundqvist told the Swedish press “Of course I miss hockey, of course, it’s been a long summer.”
He reiterated that he is in Sweden to see family and friends but “then we’ll see where it ends somewhere.”
On if he has talked to Frolunda about playing there, Hank said “I always talk with my brother, I do all the time. Obviously, the situation is special when it was not a game over there. We have not decided anything yet. I have said that I am here to meet friends and family, then we have a discussion. There’s not much more to say about it.”
Henrik Lundqvist has tweeted that he is going to Sweden to see some friends and family. Lundqvist indicated in the past that he planned to return to Sweden so that his friends and family could see his daughter.
Lundqvist tweets “Not sure when we’re coming back, could be a week or couple of months…”
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Lundqvist has been adamant that he won’t sit out an entire season and will return to Sweden to play if the lockout isn’t settled.
In the Swedish newspaper Expressen, Mattias Ek writes that Frolunda “has not given up” on their dream of luring Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist back to his hometown team during the lockout.
Lundqvist’s twin brother Joel is the captain of Frolunda.
It would reportedly cost $30,000 a month in insurance for Lundqvist to play for Frolunda during the lockout.
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In the NY Times, Jeff Klein writes that the insurance to cover Henrik Lundqvist playing in Frolunda is estimated to be about $30,000 per month.
Lundqvist has two years remaining on his contract with the Rangers at a total of $13.75 million.
Frolunda secured the financing to bring Lundqvist back to Sweden over the weekend.
Lundqvist has said that he will take his time in making a decision on what to do during the lockout. He has said that he just wants to be ready for when the regular season starts.
Lundqvist’s agent Don Meehan told Klein that he had no news on Lundqvist.
8:41AM: The Swedish newspaper Expressen writes about how Frolunda has secured the necessary money to sign Henrik Lundqvist if Lundqvist decides he wants to play in Sweden.
On the impact that Lundqvist would have on his former team, Av Ludvig Holmberg writes that he would have a dramatic impact on his team.
If Henke Lundqvist comes to Frölunda is nothing but a big deal for the club and the fans in Gothenburg. Lundqvist is a leader both on and off the ice, in other words, exactly what Frölunda need. I mean – it’s the NHL’s best goalie last season, we’re talking about. And it is a goalkeeper who kept a very high level for many years in a row, and now he is in his prime and has never been better.
Would Frölunda get him into the squad would not only defense get better – but the whole squad would lift themselves and filled with energy. The effect has players Henke on his teammates. In addition, there is a large Frölunda-heart in him. It is his home club, and when I’ve talked to him, there is absolutely no doubt that Frölunda is the only league club he is willing to play for.
Frolunda is the Swedish team that Henrik Lundqvist played for from 2000 to 2005 and led to two Swedish Elite League Championships.
He adds “‘Securing financing’ is key for Frölunda which 1 year ago was insolvent and had to borrow money from city to be able to stay afloat.”
Uffe Bodin adds in a tweet “Henrik Lundqvist is close to a return to Frolunda of the SEL. The team has the money in place to bring him home.”
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