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Henrik Lundqvist Won’t Play For Capitals in 2021 Due to Heart Condition

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist has announced he will not join the Washington Capitals this season due to a heart condition.

The Washington Capitals and Henrik Lundqvist fans were delivered some awful news on Thursday. The veteran goaltender who signed a one-year NHL free agency deal with the Capitals — in the hopes he could have another chance to win a Stanley Cup that has eluded him — will not join the Capitals organization after all.

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Lundqvist wrote in a letter to fans:

“It breaks my heart (literally) to share this news: I will not be joining the Capitals this season.” He goes on to say that after many weeks of medical tests and conversations with experts, it has been determined that a heart condition will prevent him from taking the ice in 2021. He notes, “Together, we have decided that the risk of playing before remedying my condition is too high.”

Lundqvist adds that he will spend the next few months trying to figure out his next steps and then thanked the Capitals for giving him another opportunity, but also for their support throughout this challenging time. He is now going to spend some time with his family.

The Capitals released their own statement saying they are supportive of Lundqvist’s decision to keep away from hockey at this time and said, “our player’s health is of the utmost importance, as we stand behind Henrik’s decision.”

Lundqvist sent out a video to fans. You can see it below:

What Comes Next For All Parties Involved?

For Lundqvist, priority number one is to take care of his health. There’s nothing more important than that, even chasing after a Stanley Cup with a contender. If it’s determined that he can no longer play the game of hockey and is forced to retire, there is undoubtedly a job waiting for him inside the New York Rangers organization.

For the Capitals, they’ll now have to go out and try to find a suitable backup to play behind Ilya Samsonov. They’ll have the $1.5 million that will come from Lundqvist going on LTIR.

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Henrik Lundqvist Goodbye
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