Ewing, Mattingly….Lundqvist?….Pretty much. Time to add Henrik Lundqvist’s name to the list of players loved by the city of New York, held at immortal status but never got to the top of the mountain. Is there time for Lundqvist to win a cup? sure anything is possible and October brings a brand new season. However, his window of opportunity is closing quickly.
Henrik Lundqvist came to the Rangers in 2005. Due to an injury of then starting goalie Kevin Weekes, Lundqvist made his NHL debut on 8 October 2005 against the New Jersey Devils, stopping 24 of 27 shots in a 3-2 overtime loss. A few days later, on 13 October 2005, Lundqvist posted his first career NHL win, in another game against the Devils. There is not question that Henrik Lundqvist will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer when his time comes. He has played 12 seasons so far in New York (and his career) winning no less than 20 games each season, becoming the first goalie in NHL History to put up 12 consecutive 20+ win seasons. On February 12, 2017, Lundqvist recorded his 400th win in a win against the Colorado Avalanche, becoming the 12th player in league history to have 400 wins. He is also the first European-born goaltender to reach the mark, the first in Rangers history to do so, and the quickest in NHL history to do so.
The list of accomplishments goes on and on for Lundvquist. However, there is one place you will not find his name and that is on the Stanley Cup. Despite the wins, despite how good he is. The New York Rangers have not won the Stanley Cup while he has been their goalie. At 35 years old, he is not getting younger and the wear and tear of over a decade as a starting goalie are starting to show. There is no question that Henrik Lundqvist is on of the greatest goaltenders to ever play the sport of hockey. He may just go down in history as the greatest player of all time who never won a championship.