The New York Rangers continue to look towards next season as the team is about to sign Michael Lindqvist.
The New York Rangers are about to sign 23-year-old Michael Lindqvist. The right winger is currently a member of Färjestad BK in the Swedish Hockey League.
Lindqvist appeared in 33 games for Färjestad BK, registering 20 goals and 14 assists for 34 points. He also compiled 22 penalty minutes on the season. In three prior seasons playing for AIK of the Allsvenskan League, Lindqvist put forth 32 goals in 143 games.
Johan Svensson of KvallSposten, a Swedish website, is reporting that the Rangers are, indeed, Lindqvist’s choice.
“I do not confirm anything. But the number of teams has narrowed off properly the last time, so there are not many left with now,” said Lindqvist’s agent, Joakim Persson.
The Washington Capitals were also in the running for the services of Lindqvist, but per his agent, they are no longer in consideration. The New York Rangers seem to be the team Lindqvist has the most interest in signing.
Persson told Sevensson that he has had a lot of contact with different general managers in the National Hockey League. He even came to the United States to met with some of them and “a decision is approaching. It will be official in the near future,” said Persson.
It has been no secret that the Rangers have taken the direction of youth over experience. Lindqvist is a low-risk move with the potentially high reward the Rangers will need to get their rebuild complete. Lindqvist is still under contract with his current club, but the Rangers and Färjestad BK should be able to resolve that issue and get him to North America.
The Rangers already have two-star kids in the lineup with Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil. The youth movement is taking shape in New York and will be helped with the 10 picks the team will come equipped with in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft in June.