The depressing inevitable has happened as the New York Rangers have officially announced they have bought out goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
Lundqvist who was drafted by the Blueshirts with the 205th overall pick in the 2000 NHL draft and played 16 seasons with the Rangers.
Lundqvist’s contract was a 7 year, $59.5 million dollar contract signed ahead of the 2014-15 season. As a result of the buyout, the Rangers will have $13 million in dead cap space, as a result of the buyouts of defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, defenseman Dan Girardi and left winger Ryan Spooner. According to Frank Seravalli of TSN Sports, the buyout of Lundqvist does not count as dead cap because it was a compliance buyout.
In his 887 career games with the Blueshirts, Lundqvist has a career record of 457-310-96, with 64 shutouts, a 2.43 goals against average and .918 save percentage. In the 2011-12 season, Hank had a 39-18-5 record with a .930 save percentage and a 1.97 goals against average, in route to winning his first and only Vezina trophy, for the best goalie in the NHL.
Lundqvist is the proud owner of 50 franchise records for the Rangers, including most wins, appearances by a goalie, shutouts, playoff wins and playoff shutouts. During his time on Broadway, the Rangers made the playoffs for 11 of his first 12 seasons, with the only missed playoff appearance coming back in 2009-10.
Lundqvist also ranks highly on the NHL all time charts, coming in at 6th on the NHL all-time wins list, 8th on the all-time appearances list and 16th on the all-time shutout list. Hank is also the all-time winningest goalie in NHL history for a non-North American goalie. He is also the first goalie in NHL history to achieve 13 consecutives 20-win seasons. He also is the only goalie in NHL history to win six consecutive game sevens. According to Evolving Hockey, since 2007 Lundqvist has a 57.2 wins above replacement, almost 20 more then the next closest goalie in Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
During his time on Broadway, the man who received “Henrik, Henrik, Henrik” chants from the Blueshirts faithful, twice received the Steven McDonald Extra Effort Award, in 2005-06 and 2017-18. He also had nine team MVPs and seven consecutive team MVPs which are both franchise records.
He served the New York City community, as a spokesperson for the Garden of Dreams foundation since 2009. He also started his own foundation the, Henrik Lundqvist Foundation, in 2014, with the aim to help educate and increase health services for adults and children in New York City.
Rangers President John Davidson said, “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.”
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger)