Henrik Lundqvist is looking forward to be feted like a King.
The retiring goaltender responded Sunday to the Rangers’ announcement of plans to raise Lundqvist’s No. 30 to the rafters at Madison Square Garden at some point this season.
Referring to a Twitter post by the Blueshirts depicting his pending retired jersey banner, Lundqvist wrote: “I have probably looked at this 10 times now and I can’t believe it…I’m so happy, proud and extremely grateful. Can’t wait to see you guys back @TheGarden.”
The 39-year-old Lundqvist played 15 seasons with the Rangers from 2005-2020, posting a franchise record 459 wins. The five-time All-Star signed with the Capitals following a contract buyout, but he sat out the season and ultimately retired due to heart inflammation.
“I’m OK with this. I am. I feel like I’m at a very strong place mentally after going through all of the challenges of the last year, starting with when the Rangers bought me out,” Lundqvist said Friday in announcing his retirement. “For the last eight months or so, there has been so much waiting-and-seeing, and I have not been in the driver’s seat. I’ve been in the passenger’s seat. Now there was a decision to make.
“It’s all still fresh. I decided only a few days ago. But I am at peace. I look back at my career, and all I have is gratitude and pride. I am just so grateful.”
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