Parting with a legend
Hank always has preached his goal is to not only win the Stanley Cup but to win it in New York. It is difficult to part ways with that dream of seeing him hoist it on Broadway, something we all believed was in store at some point down the line given his world-class compete and utter thirst to achieve greatness consistently.
We’d be bidding farewell to a class-act role model and athlete, an archive of tear-jerking nostalgia, and the monumental rock of a franchise for well over a decade. Some may argue Mark Messier or Brian Leetch, but I think that without question, Henrik Lundqvist is the greatest New York Rangers player to ever live.
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We must first identify the fine line between what is personal and what is business, and if the last two years have taught us anything, it’s a line we can distinguish. It’s time for him to think about what is best for his career and as Ranger fans, we should celebrate that.
While it still remains unclear what General Manager Jeff Gorton and Team President John Davidson‘s strategy will be down the final stretch of the season. One thing is for certain in that the tradition of undeviating goaltending excellence lives on, whether the narrative includes Henrik Lundqvist or not.
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