During an interview in Sweden yesterday, Henrik Lundqvist said “there are more ways than one to go here. We’ll see” when asked about the idea of signing an eight-year contract extension with the Rangers.
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.
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Adam Rotter: The situation with Henrik Lundqvist has not changed one bit since he made those comments when the season ended. It all comes down to the Rangers plans for the future and selling him on the idea that the Rangers are the best fit for him and will give him the best chance to get a Stanley Cup. It comes down to Lundqvist buying into the idea that the Rangers are going to score more under Alain Vigneault. Money isn’t an issue for the Rangers and they can give him whatever he wants, but it won’t matter if they offer him the league max if he isn’t comfortable with the Rangers direction.