Originally posted on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 6/19/13
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Henrik Lundqvist spoke for the first time on John Tortorella's firing telling Larry Brooks at the New York Post that despite the rumors he had nothing to do with the former Ranger head coach's release... “I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but let’s be clear on one thing. “I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. I’m just a player. My focus is to play the game and do the best I can on the ice. Whatever [happens] off the ice, I leave to our great staff we have working for this club.” ...while I don't think that Lundqvist went to Sather with an ultimatum, I do feel his very calculated comments on break-up day regarding possibly extending his contract with the Rangers forced the GM's hand. So it wasn't necessarily what Lundqvist said it was more about what he didn't say about wanting to return to New York. The fact that reports have since stated Sather had no intention of firing Tortorella immediately after the Rangers elimination by the Bruins further proves this point. Where there's smoke there's fire. Lundqvist did mention contract talks with Brooks... “I hope we can work something out when it is time to do so.” ...that comment pretty much clinches that nothing will get done anytime soon. This morning, I posted that the Rangers were going to begin contract extension talks with Lundqvist during draft week. Lundqvist added that he had a great relationship with Tortorella. Tortorella will have a second interview with Vancouver about its head coaching vacancy. Remember to follow me on Twitter & Facebook or e-mail me at nyrfan94@yahoo.com.
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