Ramblings: Lundqvist Retires, Observations on Eight More Teams: CBJ, DAL, DET, EDM, FLA, LA, MIN, MTL (Aug 21)

Ian Gooding

2021-08-21

King Henrik is calling it a career. Henrik Lundqvist finishes off with a 459-310-96 record, a 2.43 GAA, .918 SV% and 64 SO in 15 seasons, all with the Rangers. Remember that he signed with the Capitals during the past offseason but could not play due to a heart condition, so it's a shame if this medical issue has cost him his career.

Lundqvist came in at #2 in our Top 10 Goalies of Decade article. Pekka Rinne, who also retired earlier this offseason, was the only goalie that finished ahead of him. I can remember adding Lundqvist off waivers during his rookie year, which was the season right after the lockout. At that time, I had no idea he would have the kind of career that he did.

If you've rostered him through the years, you'll probably know that he consistently earned wins, as he had nine 30+ win seasons. Speaking of which, he was the fastest goalie to record 400 wins in NHL history. Dunk on wins all you want, but he earned a ton of them because he played a ton of games: three seasons of 70+ games, and five more seasons of 60+ games. He was a workhorse of a goalie.

The Rangers will be retiring Lundqvist's #30 sometime this season. A few years from now, you might also see him in a Hockey Hall of Fame induction.

The Flames signed a pair of defensemen on Friday. Nikita Zadorov agreed to a one-year extension worth $3.75 million, while Juuso Valimaki agreed