It is the end of an era in New York.
According to multiple reports, the New York Rangers will buy out the final year of Henrik Lundqvist’s contract, ending his career with the Blueshirts.
The 38-year-old has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Rangers, reaching the playoffs 11 times, including 11 playoff series victories, three Eastern Conference Finals trips and a Stanley Cup Final appearance in 2014.
Lundqvist was the Vezina Trophy award winner in 2011-12 set franchise records with the Rangers in wins (459), shutouts (64) and postseason wins (61).
What comes next for Lundqvist remains unknown. He has never won a Stanley Cup in his career and could potentially sign as a veteran backup for a contending team as a free agent.
There is also the possibility Lundqvist hangs up the pads and retires. If he chooses that path, the goalie would rank as the sixth-winningest goaltender in NHL history with a 459-310-96 record and .918 save percentage.
The Rangers will move forward with the duo of Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev in net. The buyout also adds $3 million of cap space for the Rangers.