In an article at the New York Times regarding Henrik Lundqvist's thoughts on Russia's newly adopted anti-gay laws implemented ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics (he disagrees with them), the Rangers super star goaltender also discussed his extension talks with the Rangers calling them "volatile" and that “there’s no pressure to get it done this summer.”
...yikes! Since Lundqvist's infamous break-up day extension non-committal, I've always been a tad concerned about the possibility of Lundqvist looking else where for employment next summer. But now that he's calling talks "volatile" I'm absolutely frightened.
...on the positive side, there's still plenty of time for the talks to become cordial, especially if the Rangers begin the season hot, so it's absolutely not a foregone conclusion that Lundqvist will be wearing another jersey next season. Still, these quotes are not sitting well with me.
In reality there is a very good chance he could leave, but since the Rangers have plenty of cap room in 2014 it would be a d* move.
Why is he trying to hurt my feelings just extend now. I can't imagine trading our best player at the deadline bc he doesn't wanna stay here. It's NY
I have to admit, this is not what I had hoped to hear. But ... I am trying very hard not to get so wrapped up over things I have no control over. I used to be a die hard Mets fan in the late 60's and into the 70's, but the baseball players disappointed me so many times until I finally had had enough. I used to go 80 games a season and had season tickets right behind home plate on the field level, so it was no small thing for me to give it up altogether. Professional athletes are obsessed with money and quite accustomed to receiving huge amounts of it. There are a small percentage who actually take other things into consideration ... like the fans and loyalty to their teammates and the city where they play. I'm not saying that they are wrong to negotiate and make sure they get what they deserve, but clearly most of them will leave their current team in a split moment for more money. Anyway ... sorry to ramble on, but as much as I love Hank, there is only so much money to go around ... and if he decides to leave NY than so be it. No one is irreplaceable.
I think the most disconcerting thing was learning this weekend that Brad is attempting to obtain membership at an exclusive golf club in the area. So, either he plans on being in NY for a while, or he is ok with flying back for sporadic outings.
Sather is to Prideful just to let Hank walk when he becomes a UFA next . Slats would trade him before that happened. Regardless weather he is in his last year of his contract. If Slats lets Hank just walk ? It would be one of the biggest blunders by a GM in hockey History. Sather would rather get something for Hank than just lose him to the open Market . I truly believe that Hank will stay. $$$$$$$$$$ makes the business wheels turn but it doesn't replace the history you have with your original team or the chemistry you built with that team ..
@TheNYRBlog tell him to take care. He's resigning and he's not bullshitting anyone.
Meh. Hank's a smart man and knows how to negotiate. I chalk this up to gamemanship. He's simply playing the game...
@TheNYRBlog have to hope it's just public jockeying. *crosses fingers*
@TheNYRBlog I would have personally referred to the Lundqvist negotiations as a powder keg, personally
@TheNYRBlog I agree and I have a bad feeling he's leaving
@TheNYRBlog Hank isn't going anywhere.
@Iron Mike You're probably right, but still scary to hear.
@shishya100 Contract wouldn't begin until next season, when they'll have plenty of cap room.
@Riley_Cyruss Hope so. Was shocked to see him use that word.
@TKBlueshirt @TheNYRBlog Don't be so sure. Wasting $7M on Richards. Wouldn't be surprised if Stepan says FU to Sather and get much better money playing in the KHL. That would burn Sather's ass/