Wednesday is becoming a major day for the NHL club New York Rangers. According to the New York Post The club announces on Wednesday that it has bought out the contract from goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist, 38, who has represented Rangers since 2005.
Rangers will rely on goalkeeper duo Igor Shesterk in the future–Alexander Georgiev. Lundqvist, on the other hand, ends up in the free agent market in search of a new company.
Post believes Lundqvist is looking for a one-year contract that would include significant bonuses.
It has been possible to wait a long time for Lundqvist to terminate its contract or transfer it. Already in February, Konkari told Expressen that his situation was difficult, as there have been significantly fewer games and wins than usual.
The Swedish goalkeeper played only 30 matches in the regular season this season, compared to 52 games a year ago. He only got on the ice in two playoff games.
– I’ve been number one goalkeeper ever since I got Frölunda first team (2001-2002), ie the whole of my career. Especially the last two months have been really different, he said in February.
– Now the situation is extreme also because there are three of us. Being physically able to stay involved is not a problem. It’s more about concentrating on the game.
Regarded as a Rangers club legend, the Swede is currently the sixth-winning goalkeeper in NHL history. Lundqvist have won 459 matches, played 310 draws and lost 96 times. There are 64 zero games.
In a total of 887 NHL matches, the Swede has a rejection percentage of 91.8 and the average number of goals conceded is 2.43. Lundqvist was awarded the Vezina Tropic for the NHL’s top goalkeeper in 2011-2012.
Former teammate Mats Zuccarello described to VG in April that it would be a disgrace for club legend Lundqvist to be the third guard.
– That’s really disrespectful. It’s true that he’s outdated and has good options on offer, but he should still get to play those matches where Shesterk doesn’t play either.
– It is outrageous how he is treated. Would anyone have known this to Henrik Lundqvist? No.
Lundqvist has played for the Rangers for 15 seasons, with eleven clubs reaching the playoffs.
He signed a seven-year, $ 59.5 million contract with Rangers for the 2014-2015 period. Konkari’s trading will bring millions more to the wage ceiling in future seasons.
Shesterkin played 12 matches in the NHL this season with a counter percentage of 93.2. The average number of goals scored was 2.52. Georgiy’s rebound percentage in 34 matches was 91.0 and the average number of goals conceded was 3.04.