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Henrik Lundqvist 'months' away from deciding future

Field Level Media
27 Feb 2021, 02:19 GMT+10

While veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist took to the ice this week, he says it will be months before he makes any decision about his future in the NHL.

Lundqvist, who will turn 39 on March 2, posted a video to social media on Tuesday that showed him in full uniform blocking shots on goal less than two months after open-heart surgery.

"Going to the rink this week has been very rewarding. My health is obviously my No.1 priority," Lundqvist tweeted. "It will be months before I can make any decisions regarding my future after more tests/convos with Doctors. The one thing I do know with 100% certainty is that I still love the game."

The longtime New York Rangers goaltender and 2012 Vezina Trophy recipient announced on Dec. 17 that he would miss his first season with the Washington Capitals because of an issue with his heart.

He underwent surgery in early January.

Lundqvist signed a one-year contract worth $1.5 million with the Capitals on Oct. 9.

Lundqvist and the Rangers parted ways after 15 years on Sept. 30 when the team bought out the final season of his seven-year, $59.5 million contract.

He left the Rangers with his name all over top-10 lists in NHL history. He's sixth in wins (459), seventh in saves (23,509), eighth in games by a goalie (887) and ninth in time on ice (51,818 minutes). He also ranks tied for 16th in shutouts with 64.

The Rangers selected the Sweden native in the seventh round of the 2000 NHL Draft, and he took over in goal for the Rangers in the 2005-06 season.

--Field Level Media

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