The end of the 2020-21 playoff tournament for the New York Rangers appears more heartbreaking now that the rumour of veteran goalie Henrik Lundqvist leaving the Big Apple gets more and more real. On Tuesday’s Insider Trading on TSN, Darren Dreger announced that the King’s contract will be bought out, could get done as early as Wednesday.
While many expected Lundqvist’s run to come to an end in New York City, it is tough to deal with the fact that it comes at the hands of a buy out. However, rumours have been surfacing ever since the Rangers were ousted in the qualifying round - even before then when the crease got very crowded with Alexandar Georgiev and Igor Shesterkin.
Poor Henrik has been quite aware that the end is coming. Rangers defenseman Libor Hajek recently revealed in an interview with a Czech news outlet that The King said goodbye to his teammates after the team was ousted from the postseason by the Carolina Hurricanes in the qualifying round.
“After the last match with Carolina, [Henrik Lundqvist] said goodbye, saying it was his last match. He said he didn’t know what would happen to him if the Rangers bought him out or went somewhere else.”
It is an even more uncertain time for Lundqvist seeing that the goaltending market will be quite packed this offseason. With a flooded goalie market that will have Marc-Andre Fleury, Matt Murray, and Darcy Kuemper on the block, it will be hard to trade Lundqvist and get interested parties, even if the man is a legend.
For the past weeks, Lundqvist has been skating with Frolunda in Sweden. However, when rumours starting surfaced that the veteran goalie might be skating and working out in its arena, Frolunda quickly issued a statement indicating their closed-door sessions are to protect their players as much as possible from the virus and that the team had no information on Lundqvist other than he is not a member of their roster or their team. He spent several seasons with Frolunda before joining the New York Rangers in 2005-06. He might pondering NHL retirement and considering
finishing his career with his old team.