There’s no indication that goaltender Henrik Lundqvist will be back in the NHL this season or playing hockey with the Washington Capitals, but it was good to see him on the ice regardless. Lundqvist underwent heart surgery last month, and that he’s back and skating is a great sight for Caps, Rangers and Lundqvist fans.
The hockey world was stunned when it was learned that Lundqvist was going to have to leave the game due to a medical issue. He’d signed a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals after it was revealed the Rangers weren’t going to bring him back and he was going to get a chance to win a Stanley Cup that had eluded him his entire career.
Some talk was that he might take a management or executive role with the Rangers, but the Caps never actually voided his playing contract and recent updates from the NHL veteran seemed to hint he was doing a lot better. He noted earlier this month that his recovery was going well and today he was back on the ice taking shots and in full gear. He noted, “Day 47. Back to the rink.” Lundqvist said in a video that showed him sitting in his car. “Love it. Let’s do it.”
Too Early to Assume He’ll Return
While Lundqvist skating and taking shots is great news, it’s still too early to make the assumption that he’ll be able to return this season to the NHL. Sure, the door is open to him coming back, but the organization and the player will undoubtedly take their time.
The NHL writes, “Lundqvist is in the early stages of his recovery and it’s unclear if he intends to try to play in the NHL this season.”
Chris Kreider was asked about the netminder getting back on the ice today: “Thank God, some good news. Nothing could warm your heart more. He had open-heart surgery how long ago? And he’s already feeling better; he’s already active. You’d expect nothing less from him.”
We couldn’t agree more that this is great news and if he’s able, it would fantastic to see him back.