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King Henrik returns to New York City

Jan 2, 2013, 10:22 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist wasn’t trying to make any bold statements about the lockout ending when he announced his plans to leave Sweden for New York City on New Year’s day:

Lundqvist spent much of the lockout in Sweden, even though he never made the full measure to actually play hockey overseas during the lockout.

Instead, he’s been holding out hope that the work stoppage would come to an end. It’s tough to blame him, too.

For one thing, the New York Rangers bolstered an Atlantic Division-winning lineup by trading for Rick Nash. More personally, he’s in the second-to-last year of a big contract, with a notable drop from his 2012-13 salary ($6.875 million) to 2013-14’s $5.125 million takeaway.

The reigning Vezina Trophy winner is 30 years old, so the lockout is eating into a key prime year on a team that could give him the best support of his NHL career.

Here’s hoping he’s indeed coming back to the Big Apple for a good reason – whether Lunqvist and the Rangers end up looking great or not.

  1. jaredo10 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:28 PM

    when the KING returns to his kingdom you know the end is nearf.. Lets go Rangerssss

  2. rpiotr01 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:40 PM

    Well, looks like I’m back to being the SECOND most handsome man in NY…

    • barkar942 - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:52 AM

      It just moved me down to #2,357,982 on the list!
      Hopefully all of these returning players from overseas means the start of a season is near!

  3. flyerssuck - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Cant wait to watch The King bring the Cup back to the Garden! We have unfinished business, and it starts in that dump in Newark!

    • Buford T Justice - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:35 PM

      you aint winning jackshYt

    • jaredo10 - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Boradway Nash, Lil Richards , and Gabby.. What a Line

  4. martysbetter - Jan 3, 2013 at 7:55 AM

    Ugh, can we please refrain from calling ANY athlete “King” who hasn’t won ANYTHING in their careers?

    • villi5ed - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:16 AM

      Olympic gold is not the Stanley Cup, but it ain’t nothin. I assure you that Fat Marty counts his.

  5. martysbetter - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    Oh so, Henrik Tallinder is “King Henrik” too then?

    “Fat Marty” please what a joke, your “King” got beat by a fat 40 year old in 6 games then – how bout them apples?

    Shoot high!

    • villi5ed - Jan 3, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Look I get it. Your organization has long been a model of doing things right. Three Cups, Lou, Lemaire,
      Burns, the whole nine yards. But is it my fault that about eleven people in the entire universe care? Has
      there ever been a rivalry where the fan base numbers were so out of whack? Maybe NYR-NYI. Anyhow
      given that the ratio is around 6,003,451 to 1, I feel not just respect for Devils honks, but pity too.

      • martysbetter - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        You want to know what’s out of whack?

        Making the argument that one team is better than another based on how many people cheer for them.

        I don’t know about you, but I cheer for the on-ice product.

        Thanks for the compliment though!

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