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 wasn’t that at all.

It wasn’t Magic Johnson seeing to it Paul Westhead would be fired in LA way back when and it wasn’t John Elway once upon a time easing the way for Dan Reeves’ dismissal in Denver.

“I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but let’s be clear on one thing,” Lundqvist told The Post yesterday via e-mail in addressing the situation for the first time. “It’s 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. I’m 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 (“We’ll see”), alarm bells began to sound about the direction of the franchise.

His vague comments represented the tip of an unseen iceberg of a break-up day on which a critical mass of players had used their exit interviews with management to express growing concern over Tortorella’s unyielding and volatile approach behind the bench.

Now, with the fresh start of the Alain Vigneault Era that is set to begin with tomorrow’s official announcement of the hiring of the former Vancouver coach, the path does appear clear for Lundqvist to reign indefinitely on Broadway even if hard negotiations loom.