Henrik Lundqvist free agency rumors: Capitals expected to sign legendary goaltender

The Capitals will sign former Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist on Friday, according to Swedish hockey reporter Johan Rylander.

It’s a quick pivot from both parties after joyous eras.

The Capitals are moving on from Braden Holtby, the unrestricted free agent who guarded their net for eight postseason runs and helped the team win the Stanley Cup in 2018. Lundqvist is moving on from the only franchise he has known after 15 years with New York. The Rangers bought out Lundqvist’s contract last week.

The Capitals — trying to squeeze out another Stanley Cup push before all-time great scorer Alex Ovechkin retires — are willing to make short-term moves such as adding Lundqvist to address holes in their squad. Few netminders in NHL history have the quality of experience Lundqvist carries: He represented the most decorated replacement for Holtby, even if his play might be in decline.

Washington is mostly focused on winning now, but it did add a prospect for its next generation on Tuesday. The team drafted center Hendrix Lapierre with the No. 22 overall pick of the 2020 NHL Draft.

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