Deep Blue Sea: Rangers retire Henrik Lundqvist’s no. 30 in pregame ceremony

Plus Machine Gun Kelly to perform at the ASG, the Sabres have no goalies, a Joe Thornton retrospective and more in today’s news and notes.

King Henrik’s reign is officially over.

While the netminder hadn’t been under contract with the New York Rangers since the 2019-20 season, having played his entire career with the club until that point made it certain that when the day would come, Henrik Lundqvist would retire as a Ranger.

Last night, when the Rangers hosted the Minnesota Wild, Lundqvist’s no. 30 was raised to the rafters in a pregame ceremony honoring his career. It is the 11th number to be retired by the Rangers organization.

This moment is what got to me. Lundqvist dropped the ceremonial puck — most nights, that pretend faceoff is taken by team captains, but fellow former-Ranger, Mats Zuccarello, took the faceoff for Minnesota, alongside his friend. This hug is when the tears started:

“It’s a huge day for him and his family,’’ Zuccarello told the Star Tribune. “Knowing him for so long, it’s going to be cool for me to experience that and be a part of that.’’

Read more about the ceremony and King Henrik’s incredible career linked below.

News & Notes

  • Joe Thornton through the years: A look at the best teams he’s played on in Hall-of-Fame career [The Mercury News]
  • Is this Joe Thornton’s year? Florida Panthers might be best team former Shark has ever been on [The Mercury News]
  • Wheeler’s 2022 NHL prospect pool rankings: No. 14 San Jose Sharks [The Athletic]
  • Why NHL Not Punishing Kane May Not Affect Sharks’ Contract Termination [San Jose Hockey Now]
  • Week 16 NHL power rankings: Colorado holds down top spot as All-Star break approaches [The Seattle Times]
  • NHL power rankings: Here are our midseason grades for every team [The Athletic]/

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Blood in the Water

  • Henrik Lundqvist’s no. 30 retired by the New York Rangers in emotional pregame ceremony [RMNB]
  • New York Rangers raise Henrik Lundqvist’s No. 30 to rafters: ‘This is home’ [ESPN]
  • Tonight Henrik Lundqvist Gets The Sendoff He Earned and Deserves [Blueshirt Banter]
  • Return to New York means Mats Zuccarello can attend friend’s ‘retirement party’ [Star Tribune]
  • NHL Star Power Index: Igor Shesterkin taking the league by storm; David Pastrnak continues torrid month [CBS Sports]
  • Machine Gun Kelly Set to Perform at 2022 NHL All-Star Game [Loudwire]
  • Duhatschek notebook: This NHL season’s surprises, disappointments plus Hart Trophy thoughts [The Athletic]
  • Sabres could be without top six goalies against Coyotes on Saturday []
  • Kraken at Islanders postponed, rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2 []
  • NHL 22’s huge update today adds national teams — women included [Polygon]
  • Source: PHFPA and Alex Sinatra to Part Ways [The Ice Garden]
  • Where to visit in Buffalo for the All-Star Showcase [The Ice Garden]
  • How to Watch Ice Hockey at the Beijing Olympics | Full Schedule, Times, Where to Watch [MLive]
  • W. MI hockey official lacing up for her first Olympic Games [Wood TV]/

Scores & Recaps

  • Detroit Red Wings 3, Pittsburgh Penguins 2 (SO)
  • Minnesota Wild 3, New York Rangers 2
  • Colorado Avalanche 6, Chicago Blackhawks 4
  • Boston Bruins 2, Arizona Coyotes 1
  • Washington Capitals 5, Dallas Stars 0/

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On the Schedule

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  • Los Angeles Kings at Philadelphia Flyers, 10 a.m. PT/1 p.m. ET on NBCSP, BSW, ESPN+
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