Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com reports that Henrik Lundqvist's agent Don Meehan expects to meet with Glen Sather in New York/New Jersey the week of the draft to talk extension.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has recently indicated that the Rangers are likely to offer Lundqvist a max contract of eight years, $80 million, while Larry Brooks at the New York Post suggests that Evgeni Malkin's recent eight-year, $76 million extension with the Penguins has set the bar for the Rangers netminder.
...the Rangers might as well start talking an extension with Lundqvist during the draft, because without a first or second round pick they won't be doing anything else that week anyway.
...as far as the contract goes, while Lundqvist IS the New York Rangers and without him they are a bottom feeder, both Gross and Brooks are crazy if they think the Blueshirts are going to offer him Malkin money and/or years. Bryzgalov is currently the highest paid goaltender in the league at $8 million per, and while Lundqvist is obviously far superior, that contract should not be used as the standard for goaltenders. The next two highest paid are Rinne and Quick at $7 million per, which is where Lundqvist is likely to fall. But if the Richards contract has taught them anything, the Rangers shouldn't offer Lundqvist more than a five year deal. The last thing the organization needs is to be paying a 39-year old goaltender $7 million per.
...having said all that, I'm not so sure how interested Lundqvist will be in signing an extension before the season begins anyway. The King has pretty much achieved everything a goaltender can in the NHL, except win the Stanley Cup. So I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to wait until he's gotten a good idea if this current Rangers team, under Vigneault, will give him the best chance of winning before accepting a new deal.
Speaking of Lundqvist, check out the cover of this month's The Fourth Period magazine...
Could'nt agree more with everything you have written. We will all see what is the most important factor in Lundqvist's priorities... money or the cup. I hope he realizes how much NY has meant to him as well as he has meant to NY.
these sports people are getting greedier all the time. 5 yr. deal a7million a yr.WHO COULD THEY GET IF NOT HENRIK???? LETS SEE if this plays out for the rangers, if not they could be SUNK.
I'm hoping Hank puts his desire to win a cup ahead of the money. Hopefully not too far ahead to the point he signs elsewhere, but I think he can recognize after all the bad contracts he's seen go in and out the doors of MSG, that its not all about the contract.
And like others have said, he has other interests in NYC (Endorsements, Fashion, Dining, etc.) that will allow him to make money above and beyond his contract that other cities may not provide him.
The contract Hank signs is going to tell us just what kind of athlete Hank is. If he goes for the max, then it's pretty clear that he only cares about the bucks and all that talk about winning a Cup being the most important thing to him is bull. There's not a team in the NHL that can afford to pay 1 player $10M for 8 years and still put together a team that has a realistic shot at the Cup. My guess is that he's settle on 8 years around $7.5M per. Sure that will suck when he's 39, but if there's a Cup or 2 in between AND he's there tutoring whatever future goalie the Rangers have, so be it. If he demands a max contract, Sather will trade him before Christmas. Besides, the money he can get in endorsements alone would more than make up for taking a lesser contract.
Hank wants to win, but let's be honest, I'm sure he wants to be paid well too. I think he'll only take a discount on a long term deal. It would not surprise me if Hank ends up being one of the top 5 paid players in the NHL with his next contract. He's that well respected and valued throughout the league.
That "bottom feeder" comment made me chuckle. Do you think the Pens or Bruins would be "bottom feeders" without their goalie? My point being Hank needs help NOW or it won't matter. By the way, Hank, you are simply stunning. I am going to put this picture of you on my computer monitor and smile every morning. Thank you, Kevin.
I believe Hank wants to stay in NY and will go for max money/length on a contract extension. He'll play hardball to get it, so that may mean he doesn't sign right away (although I think he will, if Sather is true to his word and isn't obstinate). This is his town, and I think he will go all in to try to get the Cup back here. Doing that will guarantee his legacy -- going to any other contending team may get him a Cup, but it won't make him a legend (unless it's a team that never won it before). He has many interests outside of hockey (just look at the magazine cover you posted) that are best served if he stays in NY. He may not get Malkin money, but he'll be paid more than Rinne & Quick, and he'll get more than 5 years.
I would like to think that hank is the kind of guy that would extend his current contract (or not go over 7mil/year) to save cap room to put good players in front of him...hopefully.
I think Henrik will take an extension. He made his feelings known, Sather listened, Walla new coach. He won't have that kind of power with a new team if he goes UFA.
@MikeBlue i hope hank does want to win in ny, put all his skill and the players around him do their part; rangers could have it.
@gravey94 "My guess is that he's settle on 8 years around $7.5M per. Sure that will suck when he's 39,"
I hope I can suck that much when Im 39. lol
@WisconsinRangerfan12 I do what I can. lol
@BrendyJohnson I agree. Winning trumps all when it comes to Lndqvist.