6:10PM: Bob McKenzie said on TSN Drive, “If you look at the Rangers in any degree of success, he is the reason that they are that. I am sure it’s more years and a little more money than they wanted to give him, but I think they were starting to recognize that they were getting into shaky territory. Lundqvist isn’t playing terrible but it’s a bad goal every other game. There is a theory that the contract was starting to weigh on his mind and there is no margin for error with the Rangers because they don’t score a lot of goals. It’s a real impotent offense. I think the Rangers thought that the worst case scenario is that he plays poorly, walks himself to UFA and someone will sign him for a lot of money and we will be left with a hole that we can’t fill. For a team that needs it’s goalie to be out of this world most nights, hopefully he will get it back. ”
12:30PM: Marty Biron tweets “On a serious note, goalie is the hardest position to play when contract talks are ongoing. Hank’s been good, but watch him turn it on now.”
In the press release, Rangers President and GM Glen Sather said the following about Lundqvist:
“Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL. He is a proud representative of the tradition and class of this organization and we are excited to have him remain as a cornerstone of the franchise.”
12:55PM: Katie Strang tweets that the deal includes a full No-Move clause for Lundqvist
12:17PM: Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Central at Noon, “They were fighting tooth and nail. They didn’t want to go 7 or 8. The feeling was that the vultures were out there and that the Flyers would have gone $9+ for Lundqvist and the Rangers knew it. I think the Rangers feel today that they got a bargain.”
Kypreos added, “What he needed was $10 or $11 million a year for four years. What they didn’t need was to go seven years. If he goes south in 3 or 4 years….”
As Pierre LeBrun tweets, “I know the Rangers might get criticized for the term/money but what else are they going to do? Let Lundqvist walk July 1? Then what?”
Chris Botta tweets “In the real world of his value to MSG on and off the ice, Lundqvist is a bargain. Soaring salary cap also makes this not a problem.”
Adam Rotter: To me, the Rangers had no choice but to agree to what Henrik Lundqvist wanted. It’s only about $1.625 million more per season than his cap hit already is which isn’t that much more for the Rangers. With the salary cap rising, the increase in Lundqvist’s cap hit doesn’t mean that much. It just looks like a big number, but when you see that his cap charge is already $6.875, it’s not that big of a deal. The Rangers, understandably, wanted a shorter contract, but Lundqvist was getting seven-years from someone in a new contract and it’s better for everyone that he gets that from the Rangers.
(12/2/13) 4:12PM: Katie Strang writes at ESPN NY that the Rangers may be gaining some leverage in their talks with Lundqvist because of how Cam Talbot has played.
3:05PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post today that the “gulf” between the Rangers and Lundqvist that was there in September hasn’t changed in regards to a new contract.
(12/1/13) 8:24PM: In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that the negotiations between the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist on a new contract are not believed to have progressed much since Lundqvist stopped talking about it publicly at the start of the season.
Brooks said that he brought up the topic with Lundqvist a few weeks ago and was “firmly” shot down by the Rangers goalie.
He adds that he can’t think of a similar situation in the NHL and that normally “marquee” players get new contracts done quickly.
Brooks says, “This one seems odd. It has from the start that didn’t start nearly as early as it should have.”
Rangers President and GM Glen Sather is in Toronto for the Hockey Hall of Fame ceremony and the GM Meetings and Bob McKenzie tweets that there is an expectation that he will meet with Don Meehan of Newport Sports to discuss Henrik Lundqvist’s contract extension.
After replacing Marty Biron in the third period on Saturday, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 16 of 17 shots and looked sharp in the Rangers loss to the Blues.
Lundqvist told the Daily News that he isn’t used to entering the game in the middle but he felt that the Rangers had a chance to win against the Blues and was happy with how the team kept fighting back.
He said on MSG that coming into a game is all about getting comfortable in the first few minutes and that the goal he allowed was a bad bounce that
Lundqvist said yesterday, via Rangers Report, that he felt on Sunday that he just went out and played without thinking too much. He said that sometimes there is too much analysis and not enough focus on what he is actually supposed to do, stop the puck. He said that sometimes the puck is really big and easy to save and sometimes it’s smaller and it takes a lot more work to stop it.
In the Ottawa Sun, Bruce Garrioch writes that some people in the NHL wonder if Lundqvist’s contract situation is weighing on him and impacting his performance.
Lundqvist told Expressen recently that his biggest motivation is to compete against himself and to push himself to get better each night.