I still love to compete. I still love the game and always want to WIN!
– Henrik Lundqvist (@ HLundqvist30) October 4, 2020
Lundqvist became a free agent on Wednesday after the New York Rangers bought the 38-year-old goalie’s contract.
It was unclear if Lundqvist would still have the desire to continue his spectacular 15-year NHL career with a new club. But his comments on Sunday seem to make it clear that he wants to continue playing in the NHL.
The Rangers have saved $ 3.7 million in caps for next season. Lundqvist is now a free agent.
Lundqvist played 887 games, posting a record 459-310-96 with a 2.43 goals-against average. The man called “The King” was limited to 30 games last season and was 10-12-3 with a career-worst 3.16 goals against average.
“Representing this organization has been the greatest source of pride and joy in my life,” Lundqvist tweeted. “I’m so grateful for the opportunity, for the friendships and for all the great memories created with the red, white and blue. I will always cherish my time as a Ranger.
Lundqvist’s time with Rangers was cut short by goalkeeper play Igor Shesterkin and Alexandar Georgiev, both of whom are in their mid-twenties.
Lundqvist was a fan favorite at Madison Square Garden and chants of “Hen-rik” resonated in the arena after one of his countless spectacular saves.
“We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers,” said Rangers president John Davidson. “From the moment I met Henrik when he arrived in New York in 2005 he has been the consummate professional. His tireless work ethic, passion for the sport and love of the Rangers and New York have made him one of hockey’s greatest goaltenders and one of the best players in the history of our franchise. . We all wish Henrik and his family the best for the future.
Lundqvist owns nearly all of the goaltending records in Rangers history, including wins, shutouts (64), playoff wins and matches played. He also excelled under pressure. Lundqvist set an NHL record winning six straight games 7, a streak that was beaten by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2015 Eastern Conference Finals. He set an Olympic record for the longest shutout streak (172: 34) between the 2006 and 2010 Games.
Lundqvist, who plays guitar and is known to perform at charity events with tennis legend John McEnroe, was a finalist for the NHL Player Foundation Award in 2014-2015 for his work with the Garden of Dreams Foundation in New York City. His Henrik Lundqvist The Foundation works to create positive change in the lives of children and adults around the world through education and health services.