Rangers buy out Lundqvist's contract, ending reign as ‘King’ in NY
The New York Rangers announced Wednesday that they bought
out the final year on the contract for Henrik Lundqvist, who has served as the netminder for the past 15 seasons.
The 38-year-old Swedish icon brought the Rangers back to
prominence beginning in the 2005-06 season and had been the face of the
franchise ever since.
“We would like to thank Henrik for his immeasurable
contributions to the New York Rangers,” said Rangers President and Alternate
Governor John Davidson in prepared remarks. “From the time I met Henrik when he
first came to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate professional. His
tireless work ethic, passion for the game, and love of the Rangers and New York
City enabled him to become one of the greatest goaltenders in hockey and one of
the best players in the history of our franchise. We all wish Henrik and his
family the best going forward.”
All told, Lundqvist earned 50 franchise records, including
all-time wins, appearances by a goaltender, shutouts, save percentage, playoff
appearances (130), playoff wins (61), playoff shutouts (10), and playoff save
percentage (min. 10 appearances – .921).
His 459 wins is currently sixth in NHL history.
Off the ice, Lundqvist became the official spokesperson for
the Garden of Dreams Foundation in January of 2009 and has raised millions for
children over the course of his career.
It’s not yet clear if “King Henrik” will be offered a
contract with another team.