Lundqvist says I still love to compete in tweet


The 38-year-old goalie used his Twitter account, @HLundqvist30, on Sunday to give an indication that he wants to continue playing in the NHL.

“I still love to compete. I still love the game and I still want to WIN!” Lundqvist tweeted.

The New York Rangers bought out the final season of Lundqvist’s seven-year contract Sept. 30. Lundqvist can sign with any team when NHL free agency opens Oct. 9.

Lundqvist is 459-310-96 with a 2.43 goals-against average, a .918 save percentage and 64 shutouts in 887 NHL games over 15 seasons, all with New York. He is 61-67 with a 2.30 GAA, a .921 save percentage and 10 shutouts in the postseason.

He helped the Rangers reach the Stanley Cup Final in 2014, when they lost in five games to the Los Angeles Kings.

Lundqvist agreed to a $59.5 million contract extension ($8.5 million salary cap charge) with the Rangers on Dec. 4, 2013.

His playing time decreased this season with the emergence of rookie Igor Shesterkin, who was recalled from Hartford of the American Hockey League on Jan. 6.

Lundqvist started four of New York’s final 29 games. He finished the season with the fewest games (30), starts (26) and wins (10) of his NHL career, going 10-12-3 with a 3.16 GAA and .905 save percentage.

He started and lost the Rangers’ first two games against the Carolina Hurricanes in the best-of-5 Stanley Cup Qualifiers because Shesterkin was unfit to play. Shesterkin returned for Game 3 with Lundqvist as his backup in what was his last game with the Rangers.

“He’s a top-shelf, first-class individual who cares about the Rangers; also cares about himself and his future,” Rangers president John Davidson said Friday. “He, I don’t think in his own mind, knows what he’s going to do. He took advice from a lot of different people. The biggest thing he has in his mind is he doesn’t want to have any regrets with whatever his decision is going to be.”

Tweet from @HLundqvist30: I still love to compete. I still love the game and I still want to WIN!

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