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.
Brooks’ response to how the Rangers are handling these talks, “are you kidding me?”
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 added, “when you live in NY you find time to do different things and meet different people. You step away for a little while, recharge and come back with more energy. It is definitely something that I appreciate, playing there and living there, there is more than just hockey but that will always be my number one priority. What makes me happy and sad is that is the game of hockey, that is who I am but I have a chance while living in New York to do different things.”
9:33AM: In an interview with Expressen, via, Henrik Lundqvist once again said that he has removed himself from contract extension talks so that he can focus all of his attention on the season.
When asked by the reporter if not having a deal done meant that he would play out the season and negotiations wouldn’t pick up again until the offseason, Lundqvist said that he had “no idea” and didn’t want to speculate on future contract talks.
10/3/13 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.
10/2/13 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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On the Bryan Hayes show on TSN, Pierre LeBrun said that when Henrik Lundqvist signs his new contract with the Rangers, whether it’s in the next few weeks or in the offseason, Lundqvist will not only be the highest paid goalie in the league, but probably be the highest paid goalie of all time.
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.
Jonathon Quick is second on the list with 10-years and $58 million.
Tuuka Rask just signed an eight-year deal worth $56 million.
Pekka Rinne is in the middle of a seven-year deal worth $49 million.
Lundqvist’s current contract of six-years and $41.25 million is currently the fifth highest in the NHL.
He currently has the third highest cap hit in the league behind Rinne and Rask.
1:28PM: On TSN’s Insider Trading last night, Bob McKenzie said that there won’t be an issue with Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers when it comes to money on his new contract, but there will be an issue of how long the contract will be.
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.