All-Star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s trip to the 2017 IIHF World Championships nearly became disastrous for the New York Rangers. While helping Sweden to the gold medal, Lundqvist suffered ligament damage in his knee, but it did not keep him off the ice.
Lundqvist has spent his summer rehabbing his injury and has recently revealed that he has started skating again, about a month before the start of training camp.
“I’ve been skating a few times now and I feel good,” Lundqvist told Tom Gulitti of NHL.com. “Obviously, I have some work ahead of me, but it’s a similar feeling. … When you step on the ice, that’s the time for me when I really ramp it up and increase the workload, and I enjoy that.”
The 34-year-old net minder is coming off a strange 2016-17 season with the Rangers. His season was plagued with inconsistent play, which is very uncharacteristic of Lundqvist. He finished the year with just a .910 save percentage, well below his career average of .920.
The Rangers will need Lundqvist to bounce back if they want to be real contenders in a very touch Eastern Conference this season.