Signing Henrik Lundqvist

Jan. 31, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (30) on the ice against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

 

With the recent news of Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers not willing to break the bank on him, more news has come out about the Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Henrik Lundqvist is an elite goaltender within the National Hockey League and possibly one of the best goalies to ever suit up for the New York Rangers. He has one year left of his six-year deal that is worth 41.25 million dollars. The problem that now seems to be is getting him to stay long term – or even a new contract.

In an interview today with a Swedish network called “Swedish TV network SVT2″, Lundqvist spoke about his future with the team. SVT2′s Marie Lehmann translated the conversation via her Twitter account and Lundqvist had this to say about signing a max deal:

 

Clearly Lundqvist would command a max deal from any team interested, but the Rangers can very well offer a deal just as good if they want to stay competitive for another few years. So Lundqvist isn’t worried about how much money he can make. Maybe he’s more concerned about the teams future? Speculation was that Tortorella was the reason why he was talking in past tense after being eliminated by Boston in the playoffs and could of possibly felt he wanted to move on next summer, but with talks still in a strangle hold could he be serious?

 

This shouldn’t get anyone too excited. He’s still under contract so what else is he going to say? Quite a few players have said they love playing where they are right now, and eventually left anyway, but being offered more money was probably a factor and the Rangers have no issue matching a max offer.

 

Basically he is saying he wants to win a cup and he wants his next contract to be with a team who he feels has the best chance. You can’t blame the guy. He is the best in the league and he deserves to be a champion, but if he feels the Rangers aren’t up to that challenge down the road then he will walk away.

 

You have to wonder if Lundqvist is going to decide on re-signing if the Rangers go far into the playoffs. It would be unfair to the team if they didn’t because Lundqvist was distracted by all this. Hopefully a deal strikes soon because the last thing you need is your best player to be distracted and keeping you from winning games.

 

This upcoming season is pretty crucial. A lot of key players will be free agents after this season and the Rangers need to have a good season to keep their key players interested in New York. We don’t know what Lundqvist is thinking or why he’s holding off on signing for the time being, but he never ruled out a new contract before the season begins so there is still hope before things start to get nerve racking.

Topics: Contract, Derek Stepan, Future, Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

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