Henrik Lundqvist’s heart condition is apparently something the veteran goaltender has been managing for most his career.
Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan said Wednesday the heart issue that will prevent Lundqvist from playing in the 2020-21 season – and potentially ever again – is not news to the 38-year-old goalie. After a routine physical, however, medical officials decided to run more tests on his condition and deemed it unsafe for the former Rangers franchise netminder to play.
“His risk level is not acceptable for him to continue to play,” MacLellan told reporters. “It’s unfortunate. It was emotional for him and his family.”
Lundqvist announced last week that he would not play this season, but did not say that he would retire.
MacLellan said Washington brass have a few options for what they can do with Lundqvist’s contract, which he signed in October after the Rangers bought out of the final year of his contract. A decision is expected to be made some time before training camp opens for the Caps on Jan. 3.
The COVID-19 pandemic presumably played a factor in the doctors’ decision to run further tests on Lundqvist, considering people with underlying conditions have been found to be at higher risk if they contract the virus.
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