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Washington Capitals goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist announced Monday that he will have open heart surgery. In the announcement, Lundqvist, 38, said the surgery is for “aortic valve replacement, aortic root and ascending aortic replacement.” / p>

“Over the past three weeks my focus has shifted from training camp and the coming season to my health and what I can and can’t do,” Lundqvist wrote on Twitter. “Now scheduled for open heart surgery we all have to climb our mountains stay positive here and set off to recovery “

Lundqvist spent the first 15 seasons of his NHL career with the New York Rangers before being bought out of his final year of contract with the team in September, when Lundqvist signed a one-year deal for $ 1 million in October the capitals

However, in early December, Lundqvist announced that he was missing out on the 2021 season due to a heart problem, at which point the goalkeeper realized he doesn’t know what the future holds but promised to keep the public informed as soon as possible he learns the next steps he will take This operation is one of those next steps It remains to be seen what his 2021-2022 season will be as he only gets a one-year deal with Washington

Lundqvist has posted a 243 goals against the average and a 918 percent save in the regular season during his professional career. The Swedish netminder has also scored in over 1Played 000 career games and in 2012 won the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded to the best goalkeeper in the league

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World News – CA – Henrik Lundqvist of Capitals announces that he will have open heart surgery