In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that to avoid in-season distractions, the Rangers need to get Henrik Lundqvist signed to a contract extension as soon as they can.
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?”
Lundqvist, in an interview with SVT, said that if a contract isn’t done it can’t affect his game and his focus. He understands that this contract is very important and at an important part of his life, but when the season starts he wants to focus on “the right things.”
Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers want Lundqvist and that Lundqvist wants to stay with the Rangers so a new contract shouldn’t be hard to hammer out.
Gorton said that he expects talks to start up again when Lundqvist returns to NY.
Adam Rotter: With training camp less than one month away I would expect Lundqvist to return to NY shortly and for contract talks to pick up from there. The distractions of letting this drag into the season, along with all the whispers and reports that will pop up at the first losing streak and any struggle, won’t be good for anyone. Either the two sides need to come to terms before the season, negotiate in secret during the season or just wait until the end of the year.
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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.
12:33PM: Brett Cyrgalis tweets that “there is nothing new to report” on Lundqvist’s contract extension.
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.
When asked about the idea of being the highest paid player in the league, Lundqvist said to ask him if/when it happens.
7AM: During the Swedish Olympic camp, Henrik Lundqvist spoke with SVT about his contract situation.
Lundqvist said that talks between his camp and the Rangers are going in the right direction and that he wouldn’t be opposed to an eight-year contract that would see him finish his career with the Rangers.
He said that he loves being a Ranger, is comfortable in New York and it would be hard to see himself playing anywhere else.
Lundqvist said that he understands that the deal may not be done before the season and didn’t want to put extra pressure on getting a deal done this summer.
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Earlier today, at Yankee Stadium, Jeff Gorton told reporters that there wasn’t really an update on contract extension talks with Henrik Lundqvist other than to say that the two sides have had some conversations.
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.
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Andrew Gross spoke with Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton at the press conference to announce the outdoor games at Yankee Stadium and Gorton told Gross that there is no update to provide on the contract situation of Derek Stepan or an extension for Henrik Lundqvist.
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.
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In an interview with GP, in Sweden and via, Henrik Lundqvist said that he would like to play hockey until he is 40 years old .
Lundqvist says that it’s a realistic goal to play until he is 40.
He is 31 and turns 32 next March. The Rangers have the opportunity to offer Lundqvist and eight-year contract, other teams can only offer him seven, which would take him to 40 years old.
In the NY Post today, Larry Brooks wrote that the question with Lundqvist is whether his cap hit will be closer to $8.5 million or $9.5 million and whether he wants the full eight-years that the Rangers can give him or just take seven.
He adds that the Rangers will have to pay Lundqvist as the league’s best goalie and that is probably how Lundqvist wants to be paid.
In response to previous claims from Brooks that Lundqvist should get an eight-year deal with the maximum salary, Lundqvist told GP “haha…Larry has an eye on stuff.”
According to Larry Brooks, in the NY Post, the Rangers have not yet started negotiating contract extensions with Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi or Ryan Callahan yet.
It had been previously noted that the Rangers and Callahan had not yet started negotiating but the Rangers have at least met with the representatives for Henrik Lundqvist.
Brooks asked GM Glen Sather what the holdup has been and Sather responded “we will be talking.”
He notes that while the Rangers do have until late June 2014 until their exclusive window to negotiate with these players will end, nothing good can come from waiting or trying to negotiate during the season.
Girardi, Lundqvist and Callahan are the three longest tenured Rangers.
Adam Rotter: Hiring a new coach and having four key UFAs, one still unsigned, took precedent over starting extension talks with these players. As it gets closer to training camp, these talks will start to happen and the Rangers will look to get all three done before the season or shortly after.