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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,

The day is tinged with melancholy and bittersweet regret.

Wednesday, Henrik Lundqvist will no longer be a Ranger.

Once unthinkable, but essentially inevitable for the last six months, The Post has learned that the Blueshirts are expected to announce the buyout of the King, thus ending one of the most storied and celebrated careers in franchise history.

Fifteen seasons, 11 trips to the postseason the first 12 years, 11 playoff series victories, a trip to the Cup final in 2014 folded into three trips to the Eastern Conference finals within four years during the halcyon days of the last decade, franchise records with 459 victories, 64 shutouts, 61 postseason victories, the 2011-12 Vezina Trophy and a first-All-Star team berth that same Black-and-Blueshirt season.

All of it.

All of it except a Stanley Cup championship and a ride up the Canyon of Heroes for this New York hockey hero who will have his No. 30 retired and raised to a place of honor at the Garden’s pinwheel ceiling just about the moment he himself decides to retire.


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 09/29/20 at 07:54 PM ET

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