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Michael Lindqvist on unconditional waivers

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And then there were two guys with alarmingly similar surnames

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Bob McKenzie is reporting that the New York Rangers have placed Swedish forward Michael Lindqvist on unconditional waivers, which likely means that his contract is being terminated.

The Rangers signed Lindqvist, 24, as a free agent on May 2, 2018. This was his first professional season in North America. In 16 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack Lindqvist scored three goals and picked up four assists — two of which were primary. Per Jeff Craig’s AHL Tracker, he had the most success playing with Lias Andersson and Cole Schneider.

Lindqvist’s contract was a one-year, $925,000 deal that reportedly had a European Assignment Clause. He would have been an RFA at the contract’s conclusion. It’s also worth noting that the Rangers don’t have a great deal of organizational depth when it comes to wingers who can shoot the puck. So, it is a little perplexing for the Rangers have agreed to terminate his contract.

For the moment, there’s no other scuttlebutt regarding Lindqvist’s future. There is the possibility that he will sign in the KHL or return to the SHL, but there’s clearly something going on behind the scenes here. Before signing with the Rangers Lindqvist was playing hockey in the SHL with Färjestad BK, where he scored 20 goals in 33 games last season.