New York Rangers legend Henrik Lundqvist will not be suiting up for the 2020-21 season, what was going to be his first with the Washington Capitals, due to a heart condition.
Some tough news I need to share with you all.. pic.twitter.com/y7ZtAoo39Q— Henrik Lundqvist (@hlundqvist35) December 17, 2020
The King also addressed the fans with a video message.
A message from Henrik: pic.twitter.com/JJDe2lKAXz— Washington Capitals (@Capitals) December 17, 2020
This news sucks, and it is really sad. It was sad when the Rangers bought out Lundqvist prior to the start of free agency, but this is on a completely different level. Since signing with the Caps, Lundqvist was active on social media talking about how excited he was to be in a new opportunity, and having a chance to compete for a Stanley Cup. It was genuinely great to see him so inspired and pumped up, and excited for the season to come.
Lundqvist winning a championship with another team would have been hard for some to witness, but it would have been a well deserved and amazing achievement by one of the best to ever defend a goal crease.
The former Ranger is going to take the next few weeks to see what his next steps are, and hopefully, there’s a way for him to continue his career so he can go out on his own terms, as long as his heart condition doesn’t pose a risk to his health.
Best wishes to Hank and his family, and here’s hoping for a positive outcome.