Lundqvist ready to be a Washington Capital

Coming Soon To DC: Henrik Lundqvist will go back to wearing his old number 35 when he plays for his new team as a Washington Capital. AP Photo credit Washington Capitals via Getty Images

It’s been a week since we learned Henrik Lundqvist would be joining the Washington Capitals. Since he made it official last Friday on Day One of the strange and ghostly October Madness, the 38-year old former Rangers legend seems to be getting accustomed to life as a Capital.

That’s included more of a social media presence via his Twitter account than New Yorkers were used to. He even greeted Caps fans with a brief video. Maybe it will be easier for Lundqvist to feel at ease now that he’s out of the spotlight in Manhattan.

Brought in by Washington to replace revered former starter Braden Holtby to play 1B behind 23-year old Russian netminder Ilya Samsonov, King Henrik has been very accommodating so far. As seen above where the official Caps Twitter posted superstar Alex Ovechkin’s 100th career NHL goals at his expense after the Great Eight undressed a Rangers defenseman, all has been forgiven by Lundqvist.

Kudos to the Capitals organization for paying tribute to Holtby for being a great Cap for a decade where he helped them win the Stanley Cup highlighted by a absolute robbery on Alex Tuch in Game Two that changed that series against the Golden Knights.

It will be interesting to see him and Ovechkin play for the same team. Almost like the time Jaromir Jagr joined the Devils and got to team up with legendary netminder Martin Brodeur. Both out of the classic 1990 NHL Draft class. The two best players were always interesting to listen to following games.

Having Henrik and Ovi pair up for at least one year will be like Perfect Strangers II. Although the original duo was when Wayne Gretzky reunited with former Oilers teammate Mark Messier in NYC, they’d played together and won four of five Cups in Edmonton. So even if their personalities were different, they knew each other well.

Perfect Strangers was a good show. Now, you’ll have the more low key Lundqvist and more quotable personality in Ovechkin providing interesting insights off the ice. Like Brodeur and Jagr, who was always had a keen sense of humor. It took him playing for both the Rangers and Devils for fans to understand him better.

Number 68 will always be in a class by himself. He could’ve challenged Gretzky’s scoring record had he wanted to. But he lost time due to lockouts and playing for Avangard Omsk in the KHL before returning with the Flyers of all teams. Then, the Jagr Fan Club started following him around after he kept changing jerseys. There were the Stars, Bruins, Devils, Panthers and even the Flames which unfortunately didn’t work out.

So, what else to say on Lundqvist rocking the red? Well this. He’ll finally be able to wear his old number 35 as a Washington Capital. The number he wore while leading Frolunda to a championship in Sweden. Also the familiar number he wore when he won Olympic gold against Finland at the ’06 Winter Games in Torino. That included a quite memorable last second save on Olli Jokinen to preserve the one goal victory.

It’s funny how in that brief 13 second cameo, not a hair is out of place for the King. It’s uncanny. Did GQ call?

Whenever the start of the 2021 season is, it’ll probably begin in the saw fashion the ’19-20 season concluded. With life in the bubble. That’s how it looks like it could play out. Hopefully, we will be able to see our team play at MSG at some point. Especially for the introduction of Alexis Lafreniere.

Wouldn’t it be something if there is a Caps at Rangers game on the schedule by April that is on 33rd and 7th with fans in attendance? That would be a can’t miss.

Until the next time, it’s more posts on the continued unpredictable off-season. See you soon.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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