N.Y. Rangers: Henrik Lundqvist May Play for Sweden During NHL Lockout

September 22nd, 2012 by James Wrabel, Jr. Leave a reply »
Initially, Henrik Lundqvist wanted to stay in New York to prepare as if the 2012-13 season was starting on time and the New York Rangers would be looking improve on their Eastern Conference finals exit last May.

That was until word came down Friday that Sweden's Competition Authority ruled a league decision to ban NHL players from its top league during the NHL lockout violated Swedish anti-trust law. If you recall, Lundqvist's goalie roots go back to the Frolunda Indians of Elitserien, or the Swedish Elite League, the same team Lundqvist, along with his brother Joel, won a championship with during the last NHL lockout back in 2004-05.

Pat Leonard of the Daily News spoke with Joel Lundqvist on the subject of his brother returning home to play for the team he started with:

"I've talked to Henrik today actually, but I don't think the club has talked to him yet. We talked a little bit about it. We know it's a long way to go before it could happen, but we talked about it earlier (and) then this decision came today.

"Of course I think he would rather want to play in the NHL and get started over there, but if it's going to be a ...

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