Lundqvist not joining Frolunda ... for now

October, 16, 2012
10/16/12
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Count goaltender Henrik Lundqvist among those cautiously optimistic following Tuesday's developments in labor talks between the NHL and NHLPA.

The 30-year-old Vezina Trophy winner issued the following statement via his official Twitter account after news broke about the NHL's latest offer in CBA negotiations:

"I have made the decision not to join Frolunda at this time. Still waiting to see what's going to happen with the lockout..."

The Are, Sweden, native was the center of much speculation as droves of NHL players headed overseas to play during the work stoppage. Lundqvist's former team, Frolunda of the Swedish Elite League, was rumored to be targeting the star netminder and Lundqvist expressed interest in joining his old club and twin brother, Joel, who also plays for the team.

Although Lundqvist is currently in his native Sweden visiting friends and family following the birth of his and wife Therese's first child this summer, he is holding off on signing with any team other than the Rangers.

Tuesday's discussions provided the first sliver of hope that he could be back in action with the Blueshirts sometime soon. The NHL submitted the NHLPA a new proposal that featured a 50/50 revenue split and significant movement on some of the systemic issues holding up a deal.
Katie Strang covers the Rangers, Islanders and Devils for ESPNNewYork.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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