Henrik Lundqvist won't join Caps this season after surgery
Henrik Lundqvist will remain sidelined after undergoing open-heart surgery earlier this year. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Henrik Lundqvist announces he won't join Capitals this season after heart surgery

Henrik Lundqvist underwent open-heart surgery earlier this year and was hoping to return later in the 2020-21 NHL season. However, it appears the veteran netminder will remain sidelined. 

Lundqvist announced Sunday that he will not join the Washington Capitals this season because his heart "isn't quite ready." He added that his checkup last week revealed inflammation around the heart that will require a few more months of rest and recovery. 

Lundqvist spent his entire career with the New York Rangers before signing a deal with the Capitals in free agency during the offseason. It's unclear if he'll ever step back onto the ice again. He turned 39 last month, and the only goaltenders age 38 or older still playing are Pekka Rinne, Ryan Miller, Craig Anderson and Mike Smith.

If his playing days are over, expect the former Vezina Trophy winner to return to the Rangers in an off-ice role. 

Erin Walsh is a Boston sports fan through and through. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Bridgewater State University and currently is in pursuit of her Master's Degree in Journalism from Northeastern University. Follow her on Twitter @ewalsh90.

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