Henrik Lundqvist back on the ice as he hits comeback trail

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Jan 2, 2020; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) stands during the national anthem prior to a game against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

Henrik Lundqvist appears to be starting his comeback. The 39 year-old netminder was ineligible to participate in free-agency because he had not been medically cleared. Today, he posted on his IG account a pair of pads and a message.

“Not sure how many times I’ve been sitting here, tying and untying the pads over the years, 15.000? I’m just guessing,” he wrote. “Back at it, we’ll see what happens.”

Lundqvist on the comeback trail

Henrik Lundqvist tried to make a comeback this past April after having open heart surgery. “Right after getting back on the ice after surgery, I made it my “stretch goal” to join the Capitals for the end of the season,” he wrote on Social Media. “Training has been going really well and I’ve been feeling good – but my heart isn’t quite ready.”

Bob McKenzie reported on Day 1 of Free Agency that the legendary goalie wants to come back for the upcoming season. Lundqvist is not able to be signed as he’s yet to receive medical clearance. It appears he’s working towards that goal.

Where will he land?

Rangers goalie Alexandar Georgiev is rumored to be on the trade block. If they trade him, there’s a growing belief the Rangers could bring back The King for one more season and give him the proper send off he deserves.

All he needs is the clearance.

Rangers and Lundqvist will reunite when career over

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“I’ll be a part of the Rangers for the rest of my life, in one way or another,” Henrik said in a Swedish interview after being bought out. “Both I and the Rangers have been clear about that. That’s how it will be.”

Hank was asked for more clarity and if that meant a job with the Rangers when his career was done. “Yes, it will be the role they want it to be,” he responded.

“I don’t know if the role will be small or if there will be something more.” Lundqvist added. “It is further ahead. It’s all about timing. It’s just not now.”

“I feel that I will somehow be connected to Rangers forever after so many years and all the people I got to know in the club, from the owner on down.”

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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