Former New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is joining the Washington Capitals. TSN reported on Friday that the legendary goalie is Washington bound on a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
The final year of Lundqvist’s seven-year deal was bought out by the Rangers on Sept. 30 after it was reported that both sides agreed to a mutual separation.
Lundqvist made it clear that he still wants to play and it was obvious that he would seek to go to a contender while staying close to his family in New York. The Capitals were clearly the best option for him.
His connection with Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Bäckström, and former teammate Carl Hagelin along with Washington’s deep interest in him made the decision easier.
Washington’s goalie of the future is 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov, but the organization was hoping to add a strong veteran presence to back him up with Braden Holtby’s departure.
He’ll receive much more playing time than he would have had he decided to play out his contract in New York as the backup to Igor Shesterkin.