7:28PM: At ESPN.com, Pierre LeBrun writes that the Rangers understand that when the contract is signed, Lundqvist will not only be the highest paid goalie but the highest paid Ranger.
He thinks that the issue will be term and how the Rangers may be uncomfortable going to eight-years for Lundqvist. LeBrun says that six or seven years may work better for the Rangers.
LeBrun suggests that Lundqvist will make north of $8 million a year in his new deal.
2:59PM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers and Lundqvist’s agents at Newport Sports have been in steady contact all summer and that the two sides are still believed to be apart on money and years.
He says that the gap likely won’t be bridged in the foreseeable future and that this could become a bigger distraction if Lundqvist remains unsigned later in the year.
1:41PM: Following practice today, Henrik Lundqvist told SNY’s Nick Licalzi that there really isn’t an update on contract talks and that his entire focus is now shifting towards the season:
“I know the Rangers and my agent have been trying to get a deal done and unfortunately we don’t have a deal done. For me, now it’s time for me to focus on the game. I want all my focus to be on the game and on winning. That is where all my focus is now. So if they continue to talk, the Rangers and may agent, so be it, but for me, I’m not getting involved and I won’t talk to my agent right now because all I care about is helping this team win.”
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