Supply: Ex-Rangers goalkeeper Lundqvist at Caps
Henrik Lundqvist signs a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals, a source approved by ESPN.
Lundqvist's 15-year run with the Rangers ended in September when the team bought the final year of their contract. The 38-year-old became an unreserved free agent in a crowded field of goalkeepers. Lundqvist still has a desire to win a Stanley Cup that he escaped. If he signs with one of the Rangers Metropolitan Division's rivals, he can stay on the east coast with his wife and two daughters.
Lundqvist has a long history of playing against the capital cities. He has played against her in five playoff series during his career and won three of them.
The capitals part with longtime goalkeeper Braden Holtby in the free agency and turn to 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov as the main starter for next season. With the schedule for next year in flux, but expected to be shortened with many back-to-backs, Lundqvist could get more starts than a backup would normally.
"I still love to compete. I still love the game and I still want to WIN," Lundqvist tweeted four days after the Rangers buyout was announced.
Lundqvist's signing with the capitals was first reported by TSN.
Captain GM Brian MacLellan telegraphed the signature during a conference call with reporters based on this week's draft. When asked about Lundqvist, MacLellan said: "We're looking for an experienced goalkeeper. He's a really solid candidate for us."
Lundqvist had a $ 8.5 million salary cap with the Rangers and was supposed to add $ 4.5 million with a signing bonus of $ 4.5 million in the final year of a seven-year $ 59.5 million contract he signed in December 2013 Earning $ 1 million -movement clause, so a buyout was the most expedient way Lundqvist could proceed.
The Rangers went with three goalkeepers in the 2019-20 season, when Lundqvist shared time with Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin, both 24.Georgiev played 34 games, Lundqvist played 30 and Shesterkin, a rookie sensation, went 10-2 in 12 Competitions.
Lundqvist has been the face of the franchise for over a decade – and one of the most popular athletes in New York City. He was drafted in the seventh round in 2000 and made the leap from Sweden to the NHL in 2005/06.
He has a record of 459-310-96 in 887 games, with a safe percentage of 0.918, an average of 2.43 goals against average and 64 exclusions. He is the franchise leader in all of these categories.
Lundqvist is a five-time Vezina Trophy finalist and won the 2011/12 NHL Best Goalkeeper award.