I can’t say that I’m surprised with the decision the NY Rangers front office to buy out Henrik Lundqvist. He was entering the final year of his contract which would’ve hit the Rangers with an $8.5 Million Cap Hit in 2020-2021. The city of New York will miss King Henry. He’s been the netminder in the Big Apple for over a decade and has never won the Stanley Cup. The Rangers have Igor Shesterkin in their lineup and he looks to be the future of the organization.
Lundqvist is most likely looking to land with a contender where he won’t be the #1. I think any teams looking to add depth in between the pipes, should definitely look into King Henry. Although we saw a regression in his play, we know that with a lighter load he can perform. A two goalie system where he can play 30-35 games would be ideal.
So who would want to take the former Vezina winner you say? A few teams come to mind: Edmonton Oilers would be looking to add some experience on the back end. The Vancouver Canucks can use him as a solid backup to youndgstudThatcher Demko.
King Henry isn’t just a good goalie with a ton of experience. He’s a beautiful man and rumor has it, he has the biggest rope in the league, if you know what I mean.. (As Per Sean Avery’s book). Here are some of his career stats