Henrik Lundqvist Henrik Lundqvist Future/Contract
12:17PM: Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Central at Noon, "They were fighting tooth and nail. They didn't want to go 7 or 8. The feeling was that the vultures were out there and that the Flyers would have gone $9+ for Lundqvist and the Rangers knew it. I think the Rangers feel today that they got a bargain."
Kypreos added, "What he needed was $10 or $11 million a year for four years. What they didn't need was to go seven years. If he goes south in 3 or 4 years?."
3:05PM:?Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post today that the "gulf" between the Rangers and Lundqvist that was there in September hasn't changed in regards to a new contract.
Brooks says that there is "no progress to speak of" for Lundqvist and "ditto and ditto" for Callahan and Girardi.
He adds that the Rangers can't forget about Anton Stralman who will be a UFA at the end of the season and will likely command $3 million a year as a UFA.
For more on Lundqvist's contract, CLICK HERE.
Lundqvist told the?Daily News that he isn't used to entering the game in the middle but he felt that the Rangers had a chance to win against the Blues and was happy with how the team kept fighting back.
He said on?MSG that coming into a game is all about getting comfortable in the first few minutes and that the goal he allowed was a bad bounce that
He writes that Lundqvist hasn't been himself to start the season and it's not unfair to wonder if the lingering contract talks, which he doesn't want to be part of so he can focus on hockey, is having an impact.
There is a reported difference in the length of the contract and Brooks says that the Rangers are essentially worrying about how good Lundqvist will be seven or eight years from now instead of locking him up for the present and worrying about the end of the contract when it gets here.
2:33PM: Lundqvist told the NHL's Kathrynn Tappen "I love it in NY. There is no question that it has been great so far. The main thing for me is that I can focus on hockey. It's a big year for me and the team and we both want to take a big step this year."
He adds that Lundqvist is likely going to get north of $8 million and that if there was a draft of goalies, many GMs would take Lundqvist first overall.
Roberto Luongo is the highest paid goalie in terms of overall salary, with 12-years and $64 million.
McKenzie notes that Lundqvist will be 32 years old in the first-year of his extension, 33 when the playoffs start, and that even though he is at the top of his game there are questions about how long you want to commit to a goalie at that age.
He says that Lundqvist's agent was in New York last week to talk with Glen Sather and that everyone knows that Lundqvist will get north of $7 million but it isn't yet known for how long.
Vigneualt is Lundqvist's third head coach with the Rangers and he remember what it was like when John Tortorella replaced Tom Renney, "when Torts first came in here it was like the whole room changed. It was a cool feeling. Having Tom was great and then Torts changed the whole atmosphere. It was a new challenge, I enjoyed it. I am sure that will be the case now, he comes in and it's a different approach, the way they talk. It's just different. I hope it helps us."
Lundqvist added he enjoyed playing under John Tortorella and their relationship was good, but that these decisions come down to winning and what is best for the team. He added that while he will have to adjust, change can be a good thing sometimes and that playing under Alain Vigneault will bring new challenges that he is looking forward to.
5:26PM: In a chat with Mr. Porter, Lundqvist said that playing goalie is much more mental than physical and that he is a pretty intense and focused guy.
He adds that he hopes to play until he is 40. He has said before that he hopes to play seven or eight more seasons.
He says that they are working on the contract extension and that he is very excited about training camp starting. He said that he doesn't want any distractions during the season and that he has an agent to deal with this stuff. He added that both sides are "hopeful of figuring something out."
2:31PM: According to a tweet from Nick Cotsonika, at the NHL Media tour, Henrik Lundqvist says that the Rangers and his representatives are engaged in contract negotiations and that they hope to get a deal done before the season starts on 10/3.
At the time, Lundqvist was on a one-year bridge contract worth $4.5 million and Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post that the Rangers will have no choice but to "accede to their 25-year old franchise goaltender's demands" when it comes to an extension.
Brooks notes that the Rangers filed arbitration against Lundqvist during the previous summer to prevent a team from sending him an offer sheet before coming to terms on a deal and avoiding that situation. Lundqvist was scheduled to be an RFA again in the summer of 2008 and would have been susceptible to an offer sheet.
Lundqvist told Klein that the talks are "volatile" and that once the season starts, if he isn't signed, he won't be speaking about his contract.
In February 2008, while on a one-year contract signed after his entry-level deal expired, Lundqvist signed a six-year extension.
Lundqvist said, "it's been a great ride for me to be in New York to play in this organization for these fans. Right now we are talking about my future, it would mean a lot to me to stay here. Hopefully we can work something out that makes sense for both sides."
Beck asked Lundqvist about the idea of staying with the Rangers for his entire career and Lundqvist said, "the thought of that excites me."
Lundqvist said that he isn't thinking about free agency and that New York is where he wants to be, "The way the organization has treated me, the way that our team has played over the last few years, the way I feel about New York City, this is definitely the place I want to be ."
He did say that talks are in the early stages and that there are things that need to be discussed. Lundqvist said that having a contract done before training camp isn't a must and that he won't be involved at all in the talks until the end.
Brooks brings up inevitable questions that Lundqvist will have to face if he isn't tied down to a long-term deal:
- ?Uh, what are your thoughts on being a trade-deadline rental if you?re unsigned by then, Hank??
- ?So King, do you think you might be willing to take less to play with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin??
At SI.com, Allan Muir writes of the many different factors that will play into the negotiations, such as Glen Sather's long-term plans for himself and the organization, what Alain Vigneault will bring and whether Lundqvist feels as if he can win with the Rangers.
Muir says that Sather has two options, "overload him with cast on a 4/5 year deal" and run the risk that he finishes his career somewhere else, or go for an eight-year deal and overpay him during his last few years to make sure that he retires with the Rangers.
10AM: At Aftonbladet, Lundqvist said that the two sides are talking, not many details can be provided and he is focusing on the year he has left on his contract.
He reiterated that he didn't mandate that a contract be done this summer and didn't want to put pressure on himself or the organization to make sure it was done.
Gorton said that some issues need to be worked out but "Henrik wants to be here and we want Henrik...at the end of the day... it shouldn't be too difficult to get a deal....I think we will get one done."
When asked about a time-table for the contract talks and what pace they are at, Gorton said "I'd prefer to have it done right now and it's what we are working towards. To be honest, we have had other things going on. Henrik has been in Sweden and we are doing our best to set things up and get going again.
Gorton told Steve Zipay that talks are expected to resume with Lundqvist when he returns from Sweden.
He told told Zipay that he is confident that a deal will get done for Derek Stepan but nothing is imminent.
The Rangers have said previously that they want Lundqvist's extension done before training camp.
THIS SECTION is about Lundqvist?s future.
Meehan told Strang, at ESPNNY, that the two will meet and discuss Lundqvist on Sunday.
It had been noted before that Sather and Meehan would meet this week as Meehan is in the NY area for the draft.
Sather then spoke about the impact that Vigneault and his style of play could have on Henrik Lundqvist as if they work out the way Sather and Vigneault envision, the Rangers will have the puck more and fewer shots will be taken on Lundqvist.
Sather said that Lundqvist was constantly facing a barrage of shots and that the team wants to make things easier on him and allow him to be a great goalie for the next, "five, six, seven, eight years or however long he wants to play."
Glen Sather, during the conference call about John Tortorella being fired, said of Lundqvist "we plan to sign Henrik to a long-term contract."
Lundqvist told the Post, ?I love everything about the New York Rangers. I love the fans. I love the organization."
It is at that point that the two are going to start talking about a contract extension for Lundqvist.
LeBrun notes that when it comes to Lundqvist, "that's going to be an expensive re-sign."
[sny-box color=E6F1FF]?To play here, you have to block everything out and stay confident. You have to remember that you?ll have ups and downs. The fans will let you know if you?re not playing well, but that?s what makes it so special and fun to play here. You work really hard to earn their love and respect, and the hockey fans in New York love their team.?[/sny-box]
During a Google Hangout last fall, Lundqvist said of playing in NY and the fans "All the players respect what has been going on there for so long. New York fans are very passionate. They care so much and they are so involved with how we do as a club. You want to play in? place where people care and have opinions. The best part about NY fans are their passion. They follow the team from age 4 and I can just say that it's an unbelievable feeling to play there for so many years."
Currently, Malkin has the second highest cap hit in the league ($8.7 million) behind Alex Ovechkin and he will continue to have the second highest cap hit when his new deal kicks in.
Larry Brooks tweeted last night that Malkin's contract has "set the bar" for Henrik Lundqvist.
Gross says that it seems like a negotiating ploy to put the pressure on the Rangers and keep all leverage on Lundqvist's side, "if Lundqvist comes out and says yesterday that of course he?s going to be a Ranger and he?s willing to negotiate, the Rangers gain some small degree of leverage in the negotiations, however slight."
He also says, like Larry Brooks did in the NY Post, that this was probably also a note to the Rangers about how they can't take Lundqvist for granted and that they need to improve in other areas if they want to keep him.
Brooks says that Lundqvist's asking price is likely to be a minimum of eight years, the max length a player can sign for, and $80 million.
Lundqvist currently has the 23rd ranked cap hit in the league at $6.875 million and he is second amongst goalies, behind Pekka Rinne at $7 million.
Lundqvist, 31, will enter into the final year of a six-year contract worth $41.25 million.
His cap hit over the course of that contract has been $6.875 while his actual salary started at $7.75 million, went to $6.875 million for three years of the deal and dropped to $5.125 million this season.
Bondy dissects Lundqvist's comments about an extension with the Rangers and how he spoke in the past tense about his time with the Rangers and that "Tortorella?s relationship with Lundqvist, not his relationship with Brad Richards or Ryan Callahan, may become the single most important reason the coach is rehired or sent packing next season."
Bondy says that contract talks with Lundqvist could impact Tortorella and that if things start slow for the Rangers next year or talks break off, it could be the end for Tortorella.
Lundqvist said, "I expected more and hoped for more, but the way the season went.... last year a lot of things went our way we had a lot of confidence, this year we had to work through a lot of things. It's a different season with a different approach. It was just a different feeling. We had to work harder to get the result. I think it's important that we learn from this.
He told Arthur Staple at Newsday that he had an empty feeling after the Rangers were eliminated.