Leading goaltender Henrik Lundquist will buy the final year of his contract with the New York Rangers this week, SportsNet can confirm.
The decision marks the end of a 15 – year run in New York for the future Hall of Fame. The 38-year-old Lundquist took a $ 8.5 million cap hit on a seven-year contract signed in 2013, but owed only $ 5.5 million in total salary for the 2020-21 season.
With young netminders Alexander Georgiev and Igor Chesterkin, and the flat salary cap coming as a result of the epidemic, the Rangers chose to split with their franchise face.
According to a Purchase calculation from Cap Friendly, Londonquist against the Rangers salary limit in 2020-21.5 5.5 million and 1.5 million against the cap in 2021-22.
Lundquist entered the NHL with the Rangers in 2005-06 and was the most successful goalie to fit the original 6 franchise. He is the team’s all-time leader in various goal counts, including games played (887), wins (459), save percentage (.918) and shutout (64).
The Rangers have appeared in the playoffs in 11 of their 15 seasons, reaching the Eastern Conference Finals three times and losing the 2014 Stanley Cup Final to the Los Angeles Kings. Lundquist won the Vagina Trophy in 2012 and was a two-time finalist for the award.