Brian MacLellan ‘wouldn’t rule out’ Henrik Lundqvist returning to the Capitals
Henrik Lunqvist went under the knife for five hours on January 10 and had open-heart surgery. The future Hall of Fame goaltender received an aortic valve replacement, aortic root, and ascending aortic replacement at a Cleveland hospital. Incredibly, 36 days after surgery, Lundqvist ran for the first time and 11 days after that he returned to the rink and threw on his goalie gear, seemingly looking none the worse for wear.
It appears that Lundqvist is trying to make a comeback to the NHL — to write the final chapter of his professional hockey career on his own terms — and will know more from doctors in April. Lundqvist’s Instagram bio reads, almost defiantly in the circumstances, “Hockey has been my life since I was 7 years old and still is.”
On Friday, Brian MacLellan was asked about Lundqvist and the Capitals’ general manager was blown away by the legend’s inspiring videos. The Capitals originally signed longtime Rangers’ goalie to backup Ilya Samsonov this season.