Henrik Lundqvist has questions about his future.
While speaking to Swedish newspaper Expressen on Monday, the 37-year-old goaltender admitted he’s uncertain what will happen or where he’ll be when the last two years on his contract expire.
He is certain, however, about wanting to finish his NHL career in New York.
“I don’t know if I’ll stay with the Rangers my entire career,” Lundqvist told the paper, which was translated by NHL.com’s John Lane. “I have two years left on my deal and it has always been my goal to stay with the Rangers, but once you get up there in age you never know. I know what I want, but if the club has other ideas I know I’ll have to listen. You can’t just do your own thing.
“Sometimes the dream might not work out in the end … we’ll see what happens. Right now all my focus is on the upcoming World Championships.”
Lundqvist, who was named to Sweden’s roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship in Slovakia, made his NHL debut with the Rangers in October 2005 and signed a seven-year extension to remain in New York in December 2013.
Despite the team going through a rebuild, Lundqvist has remained reliably consistent. Still, the Rangers missing the playoffs for the second straight year hasn’t been easy on him.
“The season started good,” Lundqvist said. “I came in and had a lot of energy. I haven’t felt as good in years, physically, mentally and in terms of technique. I was incredibly pleased with my first month of the season.
“After that it turned out to be a lot harder than I thought. We lost a lot and it really took its toll on me mentally. Very much a challenge. I’ve always played to win and every year with the Rangers I’ve felt like we’ve had a shot at winning the Cup. But not this season. It was a very strange situation to be in.”
Lundqvist finished last season 18-23-10 with a 3.07 goals-against average and .907 save percentage in 52 games.