In an interview with SVT (H/T The Henrik Lundqvist Blog), Henrik Lundqvist discusses the latest regarding contract extension talks with the Rangers...
"We're talking, there's so much I can say. There is no requirement that it should be ready this summer or even when the season begins. I well knew early on that I did not want to put pressure that it would be ready this summer or right now."
Lundqvist added that negotiations are going in the right direction and that he finds it hard to see himself playing somewhere else.
The Rangers netminder also said he's not averse to ending his career with Rangers by signing a league maximum eight-year extension.
If you speak Swedish here's the video...
...assuming the Rangers are going to do everything they can to keep their franchise goaltender in a Blueshirt for the remainder of his NHL career, but by Lundqvist seemingly not pushing hard to get an extension done now, I'm still concerned that he wants to see how the team reacts to AV before making a long term commitment to the Rangers. I mean, what's the difference financially between getting it done now or in January? The Rangers cap space next season isn't going to change in that time and I very much doubt Lundqvist's value will either drastically rise or fall based on his performance in the first few months of the season.
...so to me, there's really no other reason for Lundqvist to wait other than to 100% confirm that this Rangers team is going to be a Cup contender for the foreseeable future. Man, my agita level is going to be through the roof if god forbid the Rangers struggle out of the gates this season. Can you imagine if the Rangers underachieve this year and Lundqvist still hasn't signed an extention before the trade deadline? The panic in Rangers nation will be worse than what I felt last week when my wife told me she was late.
...to the contract he'll likely get. Even if you think it's financially irresponsible, if Hank wants it, he's getting the 8-year, $80 million max deal.
So, my Mom admits she didn't get all of it (I guess her Swedish is a little rusty), but she said he was simply non-committal while a consummate professional. She didn't tell us anything we didn't know, but suggested Hank wants to see how it goes with the new coaches and all.
The only way Malkin comes to NY is if Richards and and a few others are released (Staal to Carolina is my call) then the cap is there
"the way the organisation & fans have treated me/how much I've enjoyed it- it's hard to picture myself playing elsewhere"
Don't think Hank will ask for 8 years 80 million.... he is a smart guy and wants to win... if we were talking about Ovi it is one thing, but Hank will take a large amount of money, but will leave some of that on the table for the team... to make a competitor.... If he goes 8 years I would bet its closer to 65.5-69. But I see 7 years and 60 million dollars
by the way...what in the wide world of freak is going on in this video!? I feel like I'm watching Richards Simmonds dreams.
Are congratulations in order for you, rangers blogger? Are you adding another fan to the ranks? Just reading between the lines...
worst come to worst lets trade him to the highest bidder at the deadline and the sign hiller. I love hank but if he's not willing to be "the straw the stirs the drink" or at least realize that this team being a cup contender falls mostly on his shoulders, then part ways with him. it's time to put the team first. but we better get a "kings" ransom if we trade him. pun intended.
My Mom speaks Swedish but I never learned (basically 'cause my Dad doesn't speak it so she didn't speak it much at home); I know how to say a few things. Anyway, I might have to send her this and see if there's anything we missed. Maybe she'll like seeing all the guys taking off their pants.
"The panic in Rangers nation will be worse than what I felt last week when my wife told me she was late."
With how much attention his negotiations will get during the season, I think he (and any big-name players) should take the Peyton Manning approach and only negotiate in the off-season so as to not be a distraction to himself and the rest of the team.
I'm with you 100% on this and to be honest (even as a HUGE fan of his) I can't blame the guy. Apparently he doesn't want to be another Alex Ovechkin and play for a team that will get him nowhere if they slump again this season.
@pkh33 That's a great point.