Henrik Lundqvist is the heart and soul of the New York Rangers. He has single-handedly put the Rangers on his back and carried them through the playoffs. The Rangers absolutely owe their playoff success in recent years to Lundqvist.
Lundqvist did have a rocky 2016-17 season, which was his worst statistical season. And he is signed to an $8.5 million contract. But it should be noted that the Rangers’ defense has been a mess for the past two seasons.
Regardless, the Rangers are much better off with Lundqvist in net. There is a reason that he is called the King.
Looking at the chart, it is clear to see that there is no goaltender that has provided more value than Lundqvist has over the past 12 seasons. Simply, it would be hard, and maybe even impossible, for the Rangers to find a better person for the job (and no, Antti Raanta is not better than Henrik Lundqvist).