The King has landed. Repeat, the King has landed.
Henrik Lundqvist, a future Hall of Fame goalie, arrived in DC this week and made his first appearance on the ice with several of his new teammates.
The Capitals posted a video of players practicing at MedStar Capitals Iceplex today, many of whom stayed in the area during the offseason.
Fellow Swedes Nicklas Backstrom and Carl Hagelin as well as Ilya Samsonov, Tom Wilson, John Carlson and TJ Oshie hit the ice with Lundqvist.
Caps prospect Joe Snively, a Herndon, Va., native, also participated in the practice. Snively played for the Capitals in the preseason last year after signing a free agent contract in March 2019.
The 24-year-old finished the remainder of the 2019-20 season with the Hershey Bears until the AHL season was cancelled due to the coronavirus.
Garnet Hathaway was on the ice for the players’ skate on Nov. 20, but he isn’t seen in the latest video from the Capitals.
In the video, Lundqvist and Samsonov fist-bump as they take turns in goal – a good sign of what’s to come. Lundqvist will be backing up Samsonov, the presumed starting goalie after the departure of Braden Holtby during free agency.
After more than a decade with the Rangers, Lundqvist will have some adjustments to make, including new team colors. Lundqvist rocked his new Capitals-themed mask and red practice jersey, but his new pads seem to have not arrived yet. He sports solid white pads in the video.
This wasn’t Lundqvist’s first look at the Caps’ practice facility. He toured it for the first time when he came down with his family on Oct. 18.