Henrik Lundqvist committed to Rangers, even if they rebuild: ‘I’m in’

Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston joined Hockey Central to discuss whether or not the New York Rangers may move Henrik Lundqvist. If the Sedin brothers will be returning to the Vancouver Canucks and if John Tavares will be moved by the New York Islanders.

It appears that Henrik Lundqvist is more than happy to stay in New York.

Following the New York Rangers‘ practice on Friday, Lundqvist revealed to the New York Post that he is committed to the team, even if the Rangers decide to rebuild.

“The competitor in me wants us to have the best team possible right here and now. I’m not hoping we have a contending team in two or three years,” said Lundqvist. “But at the same time, even though it’s hard to say because it kind of goes against myself, I feel so much for this organization, that whatever path they take, I’m in.

“I made a commitment to this organization a few years back. It was a big decision in my career. I hope they have the same commitment to me. I guess it would really be up to them if they have another idea, but I don’t. I want to be here.”

Lundqvist, 35, signed a seven-year deal with New York worth $59.5 million ahead of the 2013-14 season. The Rangers eventually made the Stanley Cup Final later that year, thanks in large part to their franchise goaltender. New York eventually lost in five games to the Los Angeles Kings.

However, the Rangers are reportedly viewing this month’s NHL trade deadline as a chance to refresh the roster. The likes of Rick Nash, Ryan McDonagh and Mats Zuccarello could all be dealt by Feb. 26.

Regardless, Lundqvist is keen to stay with the Rangers, no matter their future.

“I want to play for one organization. This one. I love it here. I want to be here and battle through the ups and downs, the good and the bad. It’s important to me.”

Lundqvist has posted a 21-14-4 record with a 2.69 GAA and .919 save percentage.

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