After signing his seven year, $59.5 million extension, Henrik Lundqvist made his way around the New York radio circuit...
Mike Francesa (WFAN):
Michael Kay (ESPN Radio):
Finally, here's Q&A with Sather & Lundqvist after announcing the deal...
Easily the best line of the day from Lundqvist on Francesa...
"Two things really stood out. One, I really want to win the Cup in New York. And two, I want to be a Ranger for life."
...now that I got all the bitching about the contract length out of the way yesterday, I'm really looking forward to the privilege of watching one of the great goaltenders to play this game dazzle me on a nightly basis and hopefully win some games in the process.
...i have no idea if the Rangers will have the pleasure of hoisting a Stanley Cup during the next seven years, but what I do know is that Lundqvist loves being a Blueshirt and will do everything in his power to try and make it happen. And that's really all I can ask for.
Honestly, what else do you expect him to say? This whole situation will bite the Rangers in the ass..... again.
I fully expected Hank to sign here all along as I've remarked in previous posts as I always felt like he wanted to stay but naturally until the actual signing takes place you get a little nervous. Yeah, he could have given us a bit of a "hometown discount" as one reader suggested, knowing the cap structure and given the fact our prospects, though good are not outstanding and therefor it takes money to build a winning team - this was my beef with Stephan's hold out as well (in a cap universe you have to make some compromises for the good of the team if you want to win) but it is a business and Hank deserves a high end deal so no resentment on this end. Just glad he's here. All goalies go through slumps and I have no doubt that he will return to form, and in fact I believe his best play is still ahead of him.
Now, for 8.5 Mill a year could you please do us one favor? LEARN HOW TO HANDLE THE BLOODY PUCK ALREADY!!! :)
First off, I have always been a Lundqvist fan and was anxiously awaiting this contract renewal to base my opinion of him further. Needless to say, I am disappointed in his greed and the lack of sacrifice monetarily to help bring a cup to NY. A "hometown discount" would have shown his love of NY and endeared him immensely ( see Derek Jeter, Dustin Pedroia, or Evan Longoria ). That's now behind us, and going forward, he now brings tremendous pressure upon himself for the duration of this contract to live up to it. Good luck with that.
Second, this entire organization rests on the shoulders of our Mr. Wonderful, Glen Sathers, who better start learning from the other successful organizations ( yes Glen, there are smarter people than you) how to properly GM a team. From putting a well balanced competitive, cap friendly team on the ice, to being one step ahead of everyone else in an elite scouting system resulting in successful drafts, smart trades, taking advantage of other teams desperate moves, and NEVER OVERPAY on the downside of a players career, no matter how popular they may be today. A teams success reflects entirely on the GM and the payroll he is given to work with. As GM of the second most valuable team in the NHL with the entire cap to work with, Glen, you fail miserably.
BTW, why do the Rangers still go on that pompous ass' show? He clearly looks down on hockey and I doubt any of his listeners are hockey fans. I used to listen when I drove to and from work, but I just couldn't take his arrogance and the fact that he'd rather have a 15 minute conversation about Bob Baffert instead of a game 7 playoff game in hockey. They should just stay away from him and go on the other shows in WFAN, if they need to keep that station in the loop. He's a jackass!
I don't know about you guys, but I feel a lot better about the team now that we have Hank locked up. There was an air of uncertainty, and while no one on the team would admit it, I'm sure the contract negotiations had a negative effect. How can you feel good about your team if the very backbone of it is implying that it wants out?
Now Hank has committed to New York. Hearing him talk like that gets me so pumped. Sure, talk is cheap until he actually wins a cup, but it's not like you can't say he's not trying his best.I can't wait for the day we see the King raising the Cup. I'm definitely not getting teary eyed thinking about it right now... *sniff*
The thought of seeing Hank raise the cup in a Rangers uniform is making the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
Posted this in the other thread this morning, moving it here for a fresh start:
One thing that I haven't seen mentioned here yet: The onus really falls now, I think, on Gordie Clark and the scouting department, as well as the team in Hartford that is going to develop players for AV's system. Taking a look at how Pittsburgh's Roster is built (because they own 2 of the top 5 NHL Salaries in the league, pay $5 mil for Fleury, and are going to start paying Letang $7.25 next year), of the 16 forwards they have on their active roster, 8 of them make under $1 Million per year. So on any given night, 4 of the 12 skating forwards for the Penguins are basically either on Entry Level or League Minimum deals (they have 5 skaters making $550,000). And yet somehow, everyone one of their lines can out-play ours the majority of the time.
The Rangers, conversly, only have 13 active forwards, and a big part of that is the cap. Chris Kreider is the only forward making under $1 Mil, at $800k, and we all know that starting next year that hit will be higher.
Its going to be very important over the next few years, even with the cap rising, that guys like JT Miller, Danny Kristo, etc can step up and contribute at the NHL Level, but at an AHL price. And as their entry level deals end, new players are ready to fill in. And if guys like Brian Boyle, Taylor Pyatt, and Benoit Pouliot are going to continue to bring little to the table offensively (for a combined $4.5 mil), then Slats needs to find someone cheaper to do the things they do bring to the table. I'm sure there's someone in Hartford that no one even knows about that could handle taking faceoffs, killing penalties and playing 10 minutes a night that doesn't cost Boyle's $1.7 mil.
@MikeBlue Very wise
@gravey94 didnt he tell off a hockey fan a few months ago saying he wasnt going to talk about hockey at all?!?!
@johnnyb3910 Great points. I agree and have been saying the same though it's nice to see it broken down like this. Thank you for taking the time
@johnnyb3910 Excellent point! Since the cap came into play, the focus for nearly every team has been (or at least should be) to develop their own players and supplement with key signings. Pittsburgh and Vancouver are good examples why the Rangers needed to sign Hank. No matter how good you are up and down the line-up, shaky goaltending in the playoffs sinks a team. Chicago is a great example of how to build a consistent winner. Key core players (Toews, Kane, Sharp, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa), draft well (all the aforementioned plus Bickell, Shaw, Saad, Crawford), and timely trades/free agent signings (Hossa, Frolik, Versteeg, Leddy, etc.). They really are the blueprint for how every team should be conducting their business, and I do get the sense that's what Sather is trying to do. He just doesn't have the "luxury" of 3 top 5 picks and 4 top 10 in the past ten years. But I do think the Rangers have an excellent core group. The supplements will now determine whether they can take it to the next level.
@johnnyb3910 Very insightful and thought provoking comment. What the hell is it doing on this blog?
@gravey94 @johnnyb3910 In addition to good draft picks, Chicago (and Pitt) also attract players because of success, which NYR has more of now than 10 years ago, but still not enough. No one on Chicago's roster makes over $6.3 mil/year. If Nash and Hank both made 6.3, we'd have an extra 3-4 in cap space.
It makes me questions these Bridge Deals that Sather does sometimes, but I liked that when he saw talent, he locked it up in McDonagh. McDonagh's talent and contract are something you can build a defensive corp around for the next 5 years. I hope he does the same thing with Kreider. You need some stability and foundation to a team. You can't have everyone getting a new (more expensive) contract every 2-3 years. Kinda wish he had done it with Stepan, too. Nothing crazy, but 4-5 years for $3.5-4 mil. Would have been tough to swallow this season, but in 2 years when he's a UFA, he may command a lot more if he trends in the right direction.
@johnnyb3910 @gravey94 Agree. I wanted a 5 year deal for Step and I' love to see Kreider get the same or longer. Doubt it happens though because it then opens up a can of worms for future negotiations. It will be interesting to see how Chicago handles it after next season with Toews and Kane both up.