Heinrich Lundkvist ‘grateful’ for Rangers tenure but excited to be a capital


The decision was made with clear eyes and full heart. This is why Heinrich Lundkvist believes that he cannot miss going to Washington after 15 glorious years in New York.

“In the spring, it was a very difficult time for me. I saw where this bit was going, so I had time to reflect [during the pause] And think about a lot of different things and I have reached such a level of gratitude to the Rangers, “Lundakvist said after signing a one-year free agent contract with Capital of $ 1.5 million via Zoom said. “And honestly, I think gratitude is the best feeling you can ever have and I appreciate everything I have done for me for 15 years.

“They were ready to take a few steps and take the next step in their rebuilding and moving forward, and I had my time to deal with it and that was a great thing. I’m not going to lie, it was a big deal for me, you know, say goodbye because it was such a long relationship. ”

The project, purchased for months, was finally made official on 30 September. Lundakvist was officially portrayed with praise on social media after participating, which was known by King as he was talking with Rangers John Davidson when the team’s charter touched down after a flight home from Toronto , Where the team was eliminated by Hurricane in the qualifying round.

“When it happened last week, I was in a really good place because I had time to work on it,” Lundkvist said. He said, “It made it easier for me to get all the love and support I felt last week. I felt that I was blown away by the kind of support I received.

“And I was also ready for the next step because I realized how much I love sports, how much I like to compete. Then how excited I got by looking at the different options I had and thinking about moving to Washington, obviously it had been an emotional week, but here are many times ahead of it. ”

Lundkvist faced the Capitals in five different playoff series from 2015 to 2015. Washington won the first two matches. The Blueshirts won all three final matches in seven matches in 2012, 2013 and 2015. Is familiar there. There is proximity to New York. There is a fair chance of winning the Stanley Cup.

“For a few weeks now I’ve been doing my homework on all the different options and scenarios for me and I have to check every box the Capitol has when it comes to a team that wins, great coaching staff and some opportunity to play I think sports were the main factor for me, ”he said. He said, ‘There are many things in this decision, which start with a chance to win.

“At this point in my career, I want to get a chance to win.”

The 23-year-old is Ilya Samsonov, with the Capitals choosing their veteran Stanley Cup-winning goalkeeper Brayden Holby, who signed with Vancouver as a free agent. He is number 1. Lundkvist said that he is ready for whatever role. The incoming head coach is assigned by Peter Laviolette.

“I can only work as hard as I can and whatever role I will have depends on the coaches,” said 38-year-old Sved. “I know I have an opportunity to play if I do really well, but I also understand that Washington has a really young goalkeeper at Samsonov, great goalkeeper and played really well last year. I get the whole thing. Hugging, coming there and trying to help and support but obviously doing really well.

“Whatever my role is, I’m ready for it.”

Lundakvist will be reunited with former Rangers teammate Carl Hegelin and team Sweden chum Nicklas Backstrom. He would certainly join forces with Alex Ovechkin, by whom he was beaten for 24 goals of his career, tied for the most by an opponent with Sidney Crosby. Now, Ovechkin will only get to score on that in practice, though Lundkvist said he called her the other day to tell her, “Nobody drills once.”

That’s why the placenta is cut. Lundkvist is a capital. Life goes on It can also include games in the wrong uniforms in the garden.

“Going forward, I haven’t thought about that one game,” he said. “It’s more [about] Preparing chapter two. This is a long chapter in New York that I will never forget and I am forever grateful for that. ”

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