Washington Capitals goaltender Henrik Lundqvist... wait... how weird is that?
Let's try this instead...
Former New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist..
In any case, Henrik Lundqvist met with the Capitals media online for the first time today and talked openly about the reasons he signed with the team in free agency. Put simply, King Henrik's reasoning can be described in just two words: "Ray Bourque".
Bourque, of course, had a magical ending to his 22 year NHL career, lifting the Stanley Cup with the Colorado Avalanche after chasing after the trophy for 20 seasons with the Boston Bruins. Bourque is an absolute legend of the game and he went out a true champion. Lundqvist sees a similar situation playing out for himself with the Capitals.
“Obviously, that’s the ultimate story,” Lundqvist said on Friday to Capitals media. “I remember watching that back in Sweden when it happened and it was such a cool moment. I think when you start a journey you have to picture it happening first,” Lundqvist said. “So that’s what I’m doing right now. I want to see myself lift that Cup and I want to do it in Washington.”
I won't lie... it would be incredible to watch Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin hand the Stanley Cup off to Lundqvist, ala Joe Sakic to Ray Bourque. I mean... the Sakic to Bourque Cup hand off is simply one of the greatest moments in sports history.
Check it out:
"And after 22 years... RAYMOND BOURQUE!"
How do you top that? It'll be a tough act to follow, but frankly I'd love to see Ovi and King Henrik give it a shot.
“I think for a few weeks now, I’ve been doing my homework on different scenarios and options for me,” Lundqvist said on his Zoom call with the media. “I have to say, the Capitals checked every box when it comes to a team that understands winning, a great coaching staff, and (giving me) an opportunity to play some games.
“Those were the main factors. Starting with a chance to win. At this point of my career that’s the most important thing.”
He added, “You just use it as motivation and then it’s inspiration. And then you just go from there.”