New York Rangers buy out final year of Henrik Lundqvist's contract: 'One of hockey's fiercest competitors'

The New York Rangers introduced Wednesday that they’re parting techniques with veteran goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after 15 seasons, signaling the tip of an generation for New York hockey.

The Blueshirts purchased out the general 12 months of Lundqvist’s $59.five million contract, making him an unrestricted loose agent for the primary time in his skilled occupation.

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“15 years in the past, I performed my first recreation for @NYRangers,” Lundqvist wrote on Twitter. “I got here right here with prime hopes and massive goals however in my wildest creativeness, I may by no means have pictured the fantastic trip that lay forward..”

He added: “Representing this group has been the most important supply of pleasure and pleasure in my lifestyles. I’m so thankful for the chance, for the friendships and for the entire nice recollections created dressed in the crimson, white and blue. I can at all times cherish my time as a Ranger.”

Lundqvist, 38, used to be drafted 205th total by means of the Rangers in 2000. Over the process his 887 occupation video games, he has posted a 459-310-96 report, a 2.43 GAA, a .918 SV%, and 64 shutouts and holds 50 franchise data.

No longer handiest an icon in New York, Lundqvist used to be awarded the Vezina Trophy in 2011-2012 and used to be a finalist 4 different instances. A five-time NHL All-Megastar, Lundqvist took the Rangers to 11 playoff seasons, 3 Japanese Convention finals and a Stanley Cup ultimate in 2014.

“Few avid gamers were as essential to the Rangers franchise as Henrik Lundqvist, and we’re extremely thankful for all he has accomplished for our group,” proprietor James Dolan stated in a remark.

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, stops a shot on the goal during the first period of Game 4 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff series against the Ottawa Senators Thursday, May 4, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, of Sweden, stops a shot at the purpose all over the primary length of Sport four of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup second-round playoff collection in opposition to the Ottawa Senators Thursday, Would possibly four, 2017, in New York. (AP Photograph/Frank Franklin II)
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“Over his 15-year tenure, he no longer handiest established himself as one of the vital absolute best goaltenders to ever play the sport, he has additionally been considered one of hockey’s fiercest competition and best ambassadors. He’ll at all times be part of the Rangers circle of relatives.”

Rangers President and Exchange Governor John Davidson added: “We want to thank Henrik for his immeasurable contributions to the New York Rangers.

“From the time I met Henrik when he first got here to New York in 2005, he has been the consummate skilled. His tireless paintings ethic, interest for the sport, and love of the Rangers and New York Town enabled him to turn into one of the vital biggest goaltenders in hockey and one of the vital absolute best avid gamers within the historical past of our franchise. All of us want Henrik and his circle of relatives the most productive going ahead.”

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A Stanley Cup caliber goalie, Lundqvist will most probably store for a one-year contract that may permit him the chance because the Rangers transfer ahead of their rebuild with Igor Shesterkin-Alex Georgiev in between the posts.

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