Henrik Lundqvist has officially moved on from the Rangers. Well, from the waist up anyway.
Three weeks after Lundqvist signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Capitals — ending his 15-year run in New York — the first footage of the longtime face of the Rangers franchise practicing with his new team was shared to Twitter by the new Washington netminder. As strange as it looks to see Lundqvist in net with a Capitals logo across his chest, the 38-year-old also provided a peculiar sight by donning what appeared to be his red Rangers goalie pants, rather than Washington’s blue pants.
Even though Lundqvist’s departure from New York was inevitable — the team bought him out after he played in a career-low 30 games last season and posted a career-worst 3.16 GAA and .905 save percentage — the sight of the Rangers fan favorite in rival gear was harder to swallow than the goalie’s recent contract signing.
Many other fans were hopeful that Lundqvist, who will likely serve as the backup in Washington, will finally capture the Stanley Cup.
The NHL is hoping to begin next season in January.
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