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Lundqvist, "Had no role in Tortorella's firing"

Henrik Lundqvist did indeed give a public voice to the Rangers disaffection on break-up day that, in retrospect, foretold the dismissal of John Tortorella as head coach 48 hours later, but this was not a case of the King leading a coup, it wasnt that at all.

I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but lets be clear on one thing, Lundqvist told The Post yesterday via e-mail in addressing the situation for the first time. Its not my call who the coach should be for the New York Rangers.

I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. Im 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.

A player? Yes. Just a player? Hardly. No one in sports is irreplaceable, but the franchise goaltender is as close as they come to fitting that description for the Rangers. And when Lundqvist issued a tepid response regarding his desire to sign a long-term extension on his contract that expires after this coming season (Well see), alarm bells began to sound about the direction of the franchise.

Source: LARRY BROOKS, NEW YORK POST



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