Washington Capitals’ goalkeeper Henrik Lundquivst is expected to undergo an open-heart surgery operation soon. The exact date when his operations would occur is not exact. The news comes a few weeks after the 38-year old goalie publicly announced that he would miss the 2020-21 season due to a heart condition.
In addition to this announcement, Lundquivst has generated support and well-wishes from fans, including those who are not Capital fans.
Lundquivst previously spent most of his career with the New York Rangers. He played 15 years with the team before being bought out of his contract. During his tenure there, he won the Vezina Trophy. Just three months ago, the Rangers bought out his contract, putting the NHL veteran in free agency. After nearly a month of spending some time in the free agency world, the Caps were able to sign Lundquivst to a one-year contract, which is worth $1.5 million.
The Potential Lundquivst Has
Despite missing out on the upcoming season, the Caps believe that there is full potential in Lundquivst. With all the accomplishments the Swedish goalkeeper has accomplished in his long career with the Rangers, the Capitals see that he can make a terrific contribution to the team. He has provided many contributions to the Rangers during his time with the team. With everything he has done for them, the Caps know that they will be getting well-experienced goalie who will give the game a 110% of his efforts.
Lundquivst has plenty of experience and well-rounded knowledge of how the game operates. Because of this added benefit, the Caps know that he will be a good fit to mentor the rising goalkeepers on the team’s roster.
How Lundquivst Can Help the Caps
While Lundquivst has not been able to produce a Stanley Cup for the Rangers, the Caps still see that the veteran hockey pro has the capabilities to help the team go places. For the Caps, he is just what they were looking for to tweak up their roster and make some improvements so they can be fully prepared for the upcoming season. This is all to ensure that the team is as successful as possible.
With earning a Vezina Trophy as a rookie in 2005, a fourth-ranked finalist for the Calder Trophy, and being known as an elite goalkeeper, the Caps have added a player to their team that is sure to help the team in more ways than one.
While Lundquivst has been forced to miss out on the opportunity to do this for his new team, when he returns, he will likely be more than ready to get back to action.