Since arriving in New York in 2005, Henrik Lundqvist has won the Vezina Trophy, led the Rangers to the Stanley Cup Final, was selected five times as an all-star, and led his native Sweden to Olympic gold.
The King, as he’s affectionally known, has spent his entire 15-year NHL career as the backstop on Broadway.
But now, at 38 years of age, Lundqvist is a free agent for the first time in his NHL career. So now what?
In a post on social media, Lundqvist thanked the fans, the organization, his family and finished off by saying, “Time to figure out what’s next …”
I think Lundqvist wants to and will play next season. The King wants a Cup. It’s the one thing missing from his resume.
But in order to accomplish this, Lundqvist has to relinquish the idea of being the starting goaltender and relish in the role as a talented tandem on a contender such as Colorado — a team that saw its Cup dream dashed when starter Philipp Grubauer was injured… perhaps it’s a fit?
But currently, there is a crowded crease of available goalies as Braden Holtby hits the open market and Stanley Cup darling for the Stars, Anton Khudobin, is a pending unrestricted free agent.