Buzz: Early Talks With The RFAs Have Started/Henrik Lundqvist Talks This Weekend

Katie Strang tweets that Glen Sather and Rangers management are expected to meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent Don Meehan this weekend at the NHL draft.

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.

THIS SECTION is about Lundqvist’s future.

Strang notes that the Rangers have started early talks with RFAs Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin.

Mats Zuccarello is expected to come
to terms on a multi-year contract with the Rangers.

Read: How Alain Vigneault Could Help Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik LundqvistYesterday, Glen Sather said that he spoke with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent Don Meehan on the phone and that they will meet in person this week when Meehan comes into town for the NHL 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.”

He once again reiterated that the organization wants Lundqvist to finish his career with the Rangers.

THIS SECTION is all about Lundqvist’s future.

Read: The Rangers Want Henrik Lundqvist’s Extension Done Before The Season

Henrik LundqvistIn the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers have every intention of signing Henrik Lundqvist to a contract extension prior to training camp starting in September.

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.”

He added that when the time comes he hopes that things can be worked out.

Contract talks are expected to begin next week when Lundqvist’s agent is in town for the draft.

THIS SECTION is all about Lundqvist’s future.

Read: Henrik Lundqvist Says He Didn’t Have A Role In John Tortorella Being Fired

In his first comments since John Tortorella was fired as head coach, Henrik Lundqvist told the NY Post that contrary to what is believed, he didn’t have a role in the Rangers decision to change coaches.

Lundqvist said, It’s not my call who the coach should be for the New York Rangers.“I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. I’m just a player. My focus is to play the game and do the best I can on the ice. Whatever [happens] off the ice, I leave to our great staff we have working for this club.”

He added that he had a great relationship with John Tortorella and loved how Torts challenged him.

Buzz: Talks With Henrik Lundqvist’s Agent Will Start The Week Of The Draft

LundqvistAccording to Pierre LeBrun, at, Glen Sather will meet with Henrik Lundqvist’s agent, Don Meehan, when Meehan is in the NY area the week of the NHL draft.

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.”

The draft takes place on June 30 at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ.

THIS SECTION is all about Lundqvist’s future.

On Insider Trading last night on TSN, Bob McKenzie said that it is going to be big money for the Rangers to get Lundqvist to sign a contract extension.

He notes that Lundqvist likely views himself in the same way that Evgeni Malkin did, franchise player, but the Rangers are likely to counter his high demands by saying that any money they give to him is money that they can’t spend on his defensemen and players to play in front of him.

McKenzie adds “by the same token, I think they understand his value so it’s going to be an interesting and fascinating dynamic to see how high the metre goes.”

Read: Henrik Lundqvist and the City of New York

In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily that was mainly about fashion, Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist talked about what it was like to play in New York.

“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.”

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.”

In Sports Illustrated during the spring of 2012, Lundqvist’s friend Henrik Zetterberg said “New York fits him. He wears it well, like his suits. The culture, the food, the fashion. About the people he tells only good stories. He could not play anywhere else…. If he wins [the Cup], just give him the key.”

Read: The Evgeni Malkin Contract Impacts Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik LundqvistLast Week, the Penguins signed Evgeni Malkin to an eight-year contract that has a cap hit of $9.5 million per season starting in 2014-15.

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.

It has been suggested that Lundqvist could end up with the highest cap hit in the league with his new contract.

THIS SECTION is all about Henrik Lundqvist’s future.

Read: Looking At Henrik Lundqvist’s Comments

Henrik LundqvistAt Ranger Rants , Andrew Gross takes a look at what Henrik Lundqvist said on break up day and says that it sounds like Lundqvist’s agents spoke to him and told him what to say when it came to the inevitable questions about a contract extension.

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.

Lundqvist was asked later on what he thought about the direction of the team and said as long as the team learns from the mistakes that they made and use the experience of 32 playoff games in two years, the team should be in good shape for next year.

It has been suggested that Lundqvist made those comments as a way to voice frustration with John Tortorella.

Read: Giving Henrik Lundqvist The Highest Cap Hit In The League?

Henrik LundqvistIn the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that there is “very little doubt” that Henrik Lundqvist will surpass Alexander Ovechkin’s league leading cap hit of $9.53 million when he signs his new contract.

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.

Next season Rinne will rank 20th and Lundqvist 24th in cap hits.

In terms of other goalies, only Carey Price, $6.5, Cam Ward, $6.3, and Ryan Miller $6.25, have cap hits over $6 million.

Adam Rotter: Henrik Lundqvist deserves to have one of the top cap hits in the league, but if winning a Stanley Cup is his number one priority then wouldn’t he be better served taking less so that his team can add quality players around him? Lundqvist has spent his entire career as the best player on flawed teams and taking up that much of the salary cap, with the largest cap hit, would probably lead to a similar situation no matter where he plays.

Read: Extending Henrik Lundqvist Is A Top Priority

LundqvistDave Maloney said on the final Rangers post game show of the season that the Rangers top priority this summer has to be re-signing Henrik Lundqvist.

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.

In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that it’s up to the Rangers to give Lundqvist anything he wants to keep him and make sure he continues to tend goal for the organization.

Brooks says that things will change dramatically for the Rangers if Lundqvist declines to sign an extension this summer and instead play out the final season of his contract with no long-term commitment.

Lundqvist said yesterday at break-up day that he loves being a Ranger but will have to discuss the idea of an extension with his agent.

Adam Rotter: Henrik Lundqvist wants to win more than anything. He has already made millions upon millions and will get even more no matter where he plays after next season. Glen Sather, Jeff Gorton and maybe John Tortorella are going to have to sell Lundqvist on the idea that starting this coming season the Rangers are going to start scoring enough to give them a chance to really contend. That may be all Lundqvist wants/needs to hear. I think Lundqvist relishes the chance to shut the door on a team when the Rangers have the lead, it’s just about having the players in front of him that can give him the lead.