The Henrik Ludqvist Contract Extension
While there is nothing to worry about just yet — he’s signed for this entire season (something I think a lot of Ranger fans, forget). But, there is, if not completed anytime soon, going to be some cause for worry if this does seep into midway through the season, as I’m sure it will be a cause for some distraction, not only for the Rangers, but for Lundqvist himself.
Yet, once again there is little to worry here. Lundqvist has stated in many interviews how much he loves New York, how he wants to bring a Stanley Cup home to New York. How he wants to retire in New York. Lundqvist, will start seeing some help in front of him, as I’m sure he’ll be happy for that, as it was something that he has been strongly lacking. But, on that’s on paper. And we all know things can change, if the season doesn’t go as the Rangers, and Lundqvist expect.
Things can also sour between coach and player, and if the Rangers want to keep Lundqvist, if his relationship with Vigneault isn’t as strong as many has suggested it will be, will the organization keep Lundqvist, and fire Vigneault to keep Henrik happy, or will Henrik walk?
Talks will more than likely pause during the season to have both the Rangers and Lundqvist concentrate at the task at hand, and resume with his agent possibly during the Olympic break, or the off season at the latest.
Contract talks are expected to resume sometime next week, so its a good sign to see the Rangers and Lundqvist’s agents do some sort of formal discussion, but until Henrik signs that dotted line, and the Rangers announce that he extended, all of us Ranger fans, will be nervous and anxiously waiting for the news.