More and more rumors are pointing to a Henrik Lundqvist buyout this offseason. This time around, it was Lundqvist’s own teammate who may have broken the news. Libor Hajek, in a Czech interview, noted that Lundqvist was saying goodbye to his teammates.
But you were part of the Rangers during the playoffs. How did the farewell of the legend Henrik Lundqvist go?
“It was very sad. After the last match with Carolina, he said goodbye, saying it was his last match. He said he didn’t know what would happen to him if the Rangers bought him out or went somewhere else. It was hard for him. He is a great fighter, the best hockey player in terms of approach, training and humanity that I have ever met. I even bought the same jeans he had to look like him. ”
This is likely one of those things that Hajek should have kept to himself, but it’s out now and it only adds more fuel to the fire of what was the most likely scenario all along. It looks like the Rangers are going to part ways with their legendary goalie.
A buyout will save the Rangers $3 million in cap space this season, and will cost them $1.5 million next season. In a flat cap, that $3 million goes a long way this season. The $1.5 million, while not ideal, is relatively negligible for 2021-2022.
If the rumors are true, and the Rangers move forward with a buyout for Henrik Lundqvist, it will leave them with $17 million in cap space. That’s more than enough to re-sign their key free agents. That is, if they keep all their free agents.