Hope for Henrik Lundqvist comeback hits road block

By , Audacy

Henrik Lundqvist was forced to step away from hockey prior to this season after revealing he needed open heart surgery for a medical condition.

There was still some hope that the former goaltender, who had signed with the Capitals after spending his career with the Rangers, could return to the ice, but on Sunday he provided an update that made that seem increasingly more unlikely.

Lundqvist wrote on Twitter that his latest checkup showed inflammation around the heart and he would require a few more months of rest and recovery.

Lundqvist even added that his training to rejoin the Capitals at the end of the season was going well, but unfortunately that will not happen – at least not this season.

Whether Lundqvist is able to return at all is uncertain. He will be 40 years old next season and his game had regressed prior to discovery of his heart condition.

While Lundqvist has never been able to win a Stanley Cup, he’s been regarded as one of the best goaltenders in the league since he broke into the league in 2005.

If Lundqvist is healthy enough to ever take the ice again, it would certainly be a nice feel-good story to see, but for now, the goaltender continues to do what is best for his personal health.

LISTEN on the Audacy App
Sign Up and Follow Audacy Sports
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram