New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist will spend most of his summer rehabbing a knee injury that he suffered while playing for the Swedish national team at the 2017 World Championships.
Lundqvist confirmed the injury to Swedish newspaper Sport-Express and said he is looking at a rehab time of four-to-six weeks.
Following the Rangers’ second-round playoff loss to the Ottawa Senators, Lundqvist joined team Sweden and helped lead them to the Gold Medal. Lundqvist seemed to be less than 100 percent during the tournament but was able to remain in net. Sweden won the Gold Medal game over Canada in a shootout that ended with Lundqvist being taken down in a celebratory tackle by Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander.
The 35-year-old Lundqvist is coming off of what was a strange season with the Rangers that saw him go through an extended slump that saw him actually lose playing time to backup Antti Raanta. But he also displayed stretches of the dominance that has made him one of the NHL’s best goaltenders throughout his career. There is going to come a point where he begins to slow down, especially now as he gets into his mid-30s, but he is still capable of putting a team on his back and carrying it. As long as he does not have any setbacks during his rehab he should be ready in plenty of time for the starting of training camp in September.