1:32PM: In the Daily News, Pat Leonard writes that Henrik and his brother Joel talked today about the chance Henrik could return to play for Frolunda.
Joel said “It would be awesome to play together again, so we’ll see what happens.”
9:23AM: According to a Swedish report from SVT, Henrik Lundqvist is in talks with his former club in Sweden, Frolunda, about playing there during the lockout.
Reports out of Sweden say that the ruling to forbid teams in the SEL from signing locked out players has been overturned.
Lundqvist said on Wednesday that he is planning to stay in New York for a little while but could return to Sweden shortly after.
His brother Joel is the captain of Frolunda. Frolunda is also looking to bring in Erik Karlsson and Loui Eriksson.
Lundqvist has suggested in the Swedish press that he won’t sit out an entire season.
The Rangers played Frolunda during training camp before last season and Lundqvist was given an “A” on his jersey.
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Andy Strickland tweets “Several #NHL players plotting their European plans w/ lockout looming…how many follow thru remains to be seen. These guys want to play”
Bruce Garrioch tweets “Senators D Erik Karlsson said he is hopeful the Swedish league changes its mind and allows NHL players to sign short-term”
Taylor Hall, among other players, have expressed interest in playing in Europe during a lockout.
Henrik Lundqvist has talked about possibly going back to play for Frolunda if there is a lockout.
Swiss team Davos announced that Rick Nash and Joe Thornton would return to play there if there is a lockout but both players denied the report.
He adds “The three #NHL players a #KHL team signs during the lockout will NOT count towards the cap (via @plysenkov).”
6:53PM: James Mirtle tweets that the Swedish Elite League may reverse it’s stance on not allowing players to join the SEL unless they were going to commit the whole season. Mirtle says that the star power of certain Swedish players could force a change.
According to Swedish Paper, Expressen, Henrik Lundqvist said that he will not sit out an entire season if the NHL season is lost and that after waiting for a little while he will return home to Sweden and play for Frolunda.
Lundqvist said that he has talked to his brother Joel, who is the Captain of Frolunda, about playing there.
Hank said, via google translate that a lockout “would be boring, but it will be a prolonged conflict, it Frölunda that apply to me.I’ve already talked to my brother Joel to come home and play there.”
The Swedish Elite League only wants to bring in players that plan to spend the entire season in Sweden.
The Rangers played Frolunda during training camp before this season and Lundqvist was given an “A” on his jersey.
While the Rangers spent part of September and October in Europe preparing for the season, the team played an exhibition game against the Frolunda Indians.
Frolunda is the Swedish team that Henrik Lundqvist played for from 2000 to 2005 and led to two Swedish Elite League Championships.
On that game, Hank told the Rangers website “That first period was probably the toughest period I ever played. I was just thinking about all the years I played there.”