King Henrik of New York has officially signed a one-year contract with the Washington Capitals. The beloved 38-year old Swedish goalie entered unrestricted Free Agency with hopes of staying with the Rangers, but the club ultimately bought out his contract.
Henrik rocking his new Capitals threads credits to @Capitals on Instagram.
Henrik Lundqvist chose to sign a $1.5 million contract with the Washington Capitals. He has played 15 seasons in the NHL, and all of them have been with the same team: The New York Rangers. Although DC is a new setting for Henrik, he may finally get his chance at winning the Stanley Cup. The Capitals won the cup in 2018, and the Rangers have not won since 1994.
Being in Washington DC will also allow Henrik Lundqvist to reunite with fellow Swede and former Ranger, Carl Hagelin. The two were inseparable during their time in New York and will finally get a chance to play together again.
Hagelin told the media, “I am happy for the team’s sake, for his sake and for my own sake. It was fantastic to play with “Henke”. What I especially remember, and look forward to now, is his attitude towards practice. He makes everyone, but especially the forwards, better by always giving one hundred percent in every workout. He will also help our young goalkeeper, Ilya Samsonov, a lot too.”
Although New York Rangers fans are heartbroken, many are wishing Henrik the best of luck in Washington DC.
Julia Marotti’21 Co-Executive Editor-in-Chief