Henrik Lundqvist again on ice, nonetheless ‘months away’ from deciding NHL future

Henrik Lundqvist mentioned Thursday he is months away from making a call about his hockey-playing future after returning to the ice lower than two months since present process open-heart surgical procedure.

The 38-year-old goaltender posted movies to social media earlier this week of himself in goaltending gear taking photographs in internet. That generated loads of buzz and smiles across the NHL.

“Nothing could warm your heart more than seeing that,” longtime New York Rangers teammate Chris Kreider mentioned. “That’s some of the best news that I’ve heard in along time, and we’re thrilled for him. Hopefully he’s got a lot of hockey left in him and hopefully just keeps on progressing and leaves this in his rearview mirror.”

Lundqvist pumped the brakes on an imminent return in a Twitter submit Thursday afternoon.

“Going to the rink this week has been very rewarding,” Lundqvist tweeted. “My health is obviously my No. 1 priority. It will be months before I can make any decisions regarding my future after more tests [and conversations] with doctors. The one thing I do know with 100 per cent certainty is that I still love the game.”

A message for Lundqvist’s agent was not instantly returned. Washington Capitals common supervisor Brian MacLellan mentioned in December he “would make that assumption” Lundqvist wouldn’t play this season, which is scheduled to run till mid-May earlier than the playoffs start.

Lundqvist introduced in December a coronary heart situation would forestall him from enjoying this NHL season and that he’d be having aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aortic alternative. He signed a one-year deal with Washington final fall after enjoying 15 seasons with the Rangers.

According to his social media posts, Lundqvist had surgical procedure in early January on the Cleveland Clinic.

“Obviously those videos made it look like he’s progressing well,” mentioned Capitals winger Carl Hagelin, a fellow Swede who was additionally a teammate of Lundqvist’s with the Rangers. “He seemed excited, and I think that’s a great step for him.”

Not described as retirement

Lundqvist’s movies indicated it was his first time driving and taking photographs in aim for the reason that operation 47 days earlier.

“Open-heart surgery how long ago and he’s already feeling better, he’s already active,” Kreider mentioned. “You’d expect nothing less from him. He’s not the kind of guy who’s going to sit on his hands. He’s got to recover actively. He’s a guy who always needs to move.”

Neither Lundqvist nor the Capitals described his absence as a retirement. The staff positioned him on long-term injured reserve in the beginning of the season.

Lundqvist turns 39 on March 2, however it might be untimely to say his profession is over after the latest step ahead — even when it is a lengthy highway again.

“He’s getting to do what he loves to do,” Hagelin mentioned. “I knew his goal was always to get back. I didn’t know how long it was going to take before he skated for the first time. What’s it been, 50 days or something? That’s obviously pretty quick. We’re all happy for him and hopefully he keeps doing better and better.”

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