Could the end of one era in New York be the start of a new one for Toronto?
Yesterday morning, the New York Rangers announced that they would be buying out the final year of Henrik Lundqvist’s contract, bringing an end to his 15 year tenure with the boys on Broadway. The man they called King Henrik leaves New York with his legacy cemented. He’s the franchise leader in both wins and shutouts, both in the regular season and in the playoffs. Lundqvist’s career .918 save% is the best for a goaltender in Ranger’s franchise history, with six of the top ten seasons in terms of wins, and five of the top ten in terms of save% belonging to him as well. He was nominated for five Vezina Trophies (and one Hart), winning the goaltender of the year award in 2012. The Stanley Cup may have eluded him and the Rangers, but his legacy is unquestionable. He’s the best to ever do it for New York, and one of the best to ever do it period.
So naturally, we must ask ourselves…how does this affect the Leafs?
Following an early exit from The Bubble at the hands of the Columbus Blue Jackets, questions began to swirl surrounding the future of Frederik Andersen and the Toronto Maple Leafs. At a glance, Andersen appeared to have put up a stellar performance against…