This is not something Henrik Lundqvist necessarily wished for, but the former Rangers franchise goaltender — too soon? — has the opportunity for the first time to test the open market as a free age…
This is not something Henrik Lundqvist necessarily wished for, but the former Rangers franchise goaltender — too soon? — has the opportunity for the first time to test the open market as a free agent.
He is 38, though, there is a star-studded goaltending carousel about to go ’round and ’round, and where it will stop, nobody knows.
One assumes that contenders seeking an experienced backup comprise the field of interest, but it is impossible to gauge how much interest in him there will be. After all, Lundqvist has no experience in that role.
It is possible that Lundqvist, who should be signable to a one-year, over-35 contract with a light base and heavy bonuses, won’t find a team that’s a match for his resume. In that case, the King would likely retire rather than try to latch on with a non-contender just to play another year.
But all it takes is one. All it takes is one team — one general manager, one coach, one goalie coach — believing that No. 30 still has the goods to be a valuable contributor to a Stanley Cup run.
It is unclear when 2020-21 will begin and it is also unclear for how long the travel restrictions between the United States and Canada will remain in force. Lundqvist’s wife and two daughters are expected to remain in New York if the goaltender goes elsewhere to ply his trade, but if travel is not permitted between the countries, that might impact Lundqvist’s decision if he receives an offer from a Canadian team. Beyond that, location on the map as well as in the standings will matter, too.
A preliminary look…
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