Lundqvist’s 15-year run using the Rangers finished in September when the team bought out the last year of his contract. Lundqvist nevertheless has a desire to win a Stanley Cup, which has eluded him, and signing with a few of the Rangers’ Metropolitan Division competitions allows him to keep on the East Coast with his wife and 2 daughters.
Lundqvist has a long record of acting against the Capitals; he’s confronted them in five playoff series in his career, winning a few of them.
The Capitals are parting ways with longtime goaltender Braden Holtby in free service, turning to 23-year-old Ilya Samsonov since the main starter for next year. With the next year’s program in flux but anticipated to become condensed with lots of back-to-backs, Lundqvist could get more starts than the usual backup typically has.
“I love to compete. I love the sport and that I want to WIN,” Lundqvist tweeted four times following the Rangers buyout was announced.
Lundqvist’s registering up with the Capitals was reported by TSN.
Capitals GM Brian MacLellan telegraphed the registering in a conference call with colleagues following this week’s draft. When asked specifically about Lundqvist, MacLellan stated: “We are trying to find a backup veteran goaltender. He is a very good candidate for us.”
Lundqvist carried an $8.5 million salary-cap hit with all the Rangers and has been scheduled to earn $4.5 million with a $1 million signing bonus over the last year of a seven-year, $59.5 million contract that he signed in December 2013. That contract took a complete no-movement clause, therefore a buyout has been the most secure manner of moving from Lundqvist.
Georgiev played 34 games, Lundqvist played with 30, and Shesterkin, a newcomer feeling, went 10-2 in 12 competitions.
Lundqvist has become the face of the franchise — and also among the most well-known athletes in New York City — for more than ten years. He had been drafted in the seventh round in 2000 from the group and leaped Sweden into the NHL in 2005-06.
He’s got a list of 459-310-96 in 887 games, using a save percentage of .918, a 2.43 goals-against typical, and 64 shutouts. He’s the franchise leader in those categories.