It seems to be as if Washington will soon have a King.
Former Rangers goaltending great Henrik Lundqvist is predicted to signal with the Capitals when absolutely free agency opens Friday, according to a Tuesday report by Johan Rylander of The Gothenburg-Article. This comes just several hours following the Blueshirts designed forward Alexis Lafreniere the future encounter of their franchise with the No. one pick in the NHL draft.
Washington often appeared a logical landing place for Lundqvist, whose fifteen-yr reign on Broadway finished last week when the Rangers bought out the remaining yr of his agreement.
“I continue to really like to compete. I continue to really like the activity and I continue to want to Gain,” the 38-yr-aged Swede tweeted Sunday.
Lundqvist will have a authentic shot at capturing his to start with Stanley Cup with the loaded Capitals, a divisional rival of the Rangers who received it all in 2018 and are very well-positioned to capture another title future year. Above the last decade and modify, Lundqvist battled Washington in five playoff collection, successful three.
“We’re hunting for a backup veteran goaltender,” standard supervisor Brian MacLellan said in the course of the draft. “He’s a really stable candidate for us.”
The Capitals are predicted to let longtime goaltender Braden Holtby stroll this offseason, which would make Ilya Samsonov the starter and build an opening for Lundqvist.
Lundqvist missing his starting off work last year with the emergence of 24-yr-aged Igor Shesterkin, top the Rangers to buy out the remaining year of his 7-yr, $59.five million agreement. The shift cleared $three million in cap area.
The phrases of Lundqvist’s impending offer with the Capitals, which TSN hockey insider Bob McKenzie also indicated would get spot, had been not but acknowledged.
Although it will be odd observing the 1 they call “King Henrik” put on another team’s uniform following 459 wins with the Rangers, these a shift is hardly unprecedented in these pieces.
Across the Hudson River, Devils goaltending legend Martin Brodeur signed with the Blues in 2014 subsequent a Hall of Fame operate in New Jersey. He appeared in 7 game titles with St. Louis before retiring that exact same year.
Even Joe Namath performed four game titles with the Rams following an illustrious profession quarterbacking the Jets.