Since questions began, regarding Henrik Lundqvist's contract extension, the Rangers goaltender has said he will not allow it to become a distraction during the season.
With the Rangers season beginning tonight in Phoenix, it looks like if a deal can be reached it won't be until next summer. Here's Lundqvist yesterday (via New York Post)...
“For me, all my focus is going to be on hockey; on the game and winning,” Lundqvist said before the Blueshirts’ flight to Phoenix for Thursday’s season-opener. “That’s all I care about.
“If the Rangers and my representatives talk, that’s fine, but me personally, I am not going to get involved.”
Lundqvist added that the above quote was the last reporters were going to hear from him on this matter.
...i'm assuming if the Rangers come to his agent with an 8-year, $80 million contract offer, he'll get involved very quickly, so I think this is a little gamesmanship on Lundqvist's part.
...as if there wasn't enough pressure on Vigneault to step in and contend for a Stanley Cup in year one, now he has the added weight of trying to keep the team competitive enough so that his All World goaltender wants to return next season. Because, I tell you what, if Hank doesn't like what he sees this season, he's going to bolt.
Brooks adds the sides are believed separated on both contract length and dollars, with Lundqvist, who will turn 32 in March, seeking the maximum eight-year term allowed under the collective bargaining agreement for at least $8.5 million per.
Speaking of key Rangers free agents, Brooks says that Ryan Callahan could attract offers of seven years at between $6 million and $7 million per as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
“I have no problem talking during the season,” the captain, who will turn 29 in March, told The Post. “But as soon as it becomes a distraction or gets into my head, that’s when I’ll end it.
“I’m going to keep an open mind. But I love it here and want to be here.”
...does anyone else not like hearing Callahan say he's going to "keep an open mind?" Sounds a lot like what Lundqvist was saying during break-up day last May.
...i love both Hank and Cally, but I'm trying to figure out what's more insane, spending $68 million over eight years for a 32-year old goaltender or $49 million over seven years for a player who's never made it through an entire 82-game season.
Speaking of Callahan, Alain Vigneault says this about his captain's shoulder...
“I think he’s close. He’s been working extremely hard. He’s been putting in a lot of time in his rehab. He hasn’t missed a beat in our practices for the last three weeks. He says he feels 100 percent. He’s real close to being able to help us during games.”
...100%? I like the sound of that.
I wonder what Cally's agent is giving Larry in return for that "report"? Sather proved he's not afraid to work through the media with the Stepan deal, so well played by cally's agent to get the first word in and set a bar.
John, you nicely expressed my concern and frustration with the numbers tossed around. Yes, if they win the Cup, great. Doubtful, but great. Then, because of paying for that Cup the team will stink for years because of all of their salary cap issues. There's got to be a way to strike a balance. Other teams do and are far more competitive.
@TheNYRBlog once you call him the king he was going to deserve a kings ransom!
@TheNYRBlog cally won't get over 5.5 anywhere else and will never be a C again if he leaves! Hank on the other hand you have no choice!
I love hank but it just does not make sense if he wants 8 years at 9-10 million a year. it is fine for right now, but when he is 36 in a few years you will not have a way to get out of that contract, like we just did Richards.
Go to capgeek.com as next years team can be reviewed on the cap calculator give hank 9.5 million, cally and girardi fair deals and see how quick that money is gone. That is even with a Richards Buyout
Hank deserves the money but out of the last 10 cup winners which one really had a elite goalie, Maybe LA who's team got hot only in the playoffs and maybe that Devil guy and we saw happened to the guy in Pitt last playoff . Maybe SCORING and good defense with good enough goaltender is enough without eating up a lot of cap space.
@TheNYRBlog Whatever the outcome of this years season i hope we can some how figure out a way to trade Lundqvist to aquire good young playrs
I give hank 6 years at 15 million a year cause you can't lose him and cally I would give him 5 years at 5 million a year no more for him then that for him!!! LETS GO RANGERS!!!!
They're both great Rangers, brought up through the system.Have to consider bringing more up through the system to replace them -not directly-perhaps a goaltending tandem or a player that brings equal but different qualities than Cally does.But thats the direction Rangers have to go in.Grow the team, then when the players are successful and have finished their prime or just finishing- send them on their way and move the next group up.Its a salary cap world and the Rangers have built the farm well and scouting network well to deal with it.We can deal with this situation and succeed without Lundy or Cally. Thats the point of the youth movement philosophy.
to have that much cap invested in only 2 players on the roster is absolutely insane..that being said if they go deep into the playoffs this season or even win a stanley cup they will certainly be handed a nice blank check
@TheNYRBlog I pay the king , Cally is a 3rd line / border line 2nd liner, I won't pay him
Enjoy this group this year because of the 15 UFAs they have at the end of the season, I would guess they sign 5 or 6. If Hank wants $70M over 8 years, then let him go try to win a Cup with Calgary. I'm sure there are lots of endorsement opportunities up there too. Cally will be 29 when he signs so I'd be OK with 6 years $40M or 8 year $45M. Cally can always move down lines and still contribute in the locker room, PP, and energy. When Hank loses it, he's done.
@TheNYRBlog Don't like you anymore.
Not worth? U realize in the playoffs it comes down to goaltending. I rather overpay and have Hank in net over Ray Emery, Ryan Miller or any other potential UFA next season.
@TheNYRBlog they can't do it anyway right? they don't have the money
@TheNYRBlog keep Lundqvist and let Cally go..
I love both players but this is salary cap era! Those numbers are insane! They always say thay want to be here, well boys, cut your demands if you want this team to be competitive and win here. I don't get it. How come in Detroit every player shows respect (Zetterberg, Datysuk) and take a pay cut for the team to win. And here everyone wants to squeeze every single dollar! i don't like that!
Sorry, not worth that kind of money. You'll have a few guys making all of the cash surrounded by AHLers, because of the cap. Just doesn't make sense.
@TheNYRBlog who would you rather take if you can only take one of them?
@TheNYRBlog If i had to choose, I'd rather over pay for a 32 yr old goal tender, who's proven.
Hank can not be replaced- I wouldn't offer 8 years but would do 5-6 at whatever $$ he wants... Cally is very similar player to Dustin Brown so hopefully can be signed for roughly the same
@TheNYRBlog I think cally will try to get something similar to Dustin brown 8/$47MM similar age and brings a lot of the same to the table.
I've said it for awhile now and I'll say it again - do not be surprised if Callahan is wearing a different jersey this time next year. I love him and I want him to retire a Ranger but he's made of glass and if he's looking for a max deal, the Rangers just aren't going to give it to him. Plus I've always had this belief (fear?) he wants to do what Drury did just in the opposite direction (go from NYR to home team). I still hope I'm wrong but think people should start preparing themselves now just in case.
That said, can we not have negativity on the blog today??? It's opening night!!!!
@TheNYRBlog let's wait and see if it is the pad size that makes Hank so great;)
@TheNYRBlog I agree
The Callahan contract would be much worse. At least you know hank will be on the ice. I love cally but his style of play makes him a liability for 6-7 million. He should get 5.25, and at that price and since he is the captain I would give him 6 years
@sarahlovesnyr They will next summer, especially if they buyout Richards.
@tim_swann That's tough. I guess Hank, b/c of Cally's injury issues.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) if cally walks, who replaces him as captain?
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) My bad. I almost held back posting this for that exact reason, but I had to.
Staal or Mac would have to get the C in that case. Also no one brought it up, but Staal did an interview yesterday... And I don't think he wants to go to Carolina, and he really wants to stay in NY. He said he hopes to be playing against his brothers for a long time because playing against them is his favorite thing.
@TheNYRBlog i wonder even if Richard has a blowout season if they will buy him out? he always does good contract year.is sather smart enough
@TheNYRBlog let's just say he doesn't get hurt then bc the system doesn't require him to block a dozen shots/gm...still hank? just curious
@_Jack When was the last time he made it through a season in one piece? Maybe "made of glass" wasn't the best phrasing but I figured everyone would know what I meant.
@mlsranger Depends on who is still here lol. Staal would probably be first in line but if Girardi stays he could be a possibility. If they are both gone, I would look at McDonagh or Stepan. Other than those guys, no clue to be honest. (I wouldn't give it to Nash but maybe they would?)
@KevinDeLury Haha no worries. It's news so it needs to be posted. Just busting your chops like I like to do ;-)
@Free Lindberg I haven't even thought about who would get the C yet but yeah one of them would be in line. I would've put Step in that conversation but not after this preseason lol. Where was that Staal interview? I know I'm in the minority but I never assumed he was going to leave when his contract was up so hopefully what he said remains the case after the next two seasons.
@TheNYRBlog i think hank and cally are. more important personally
@TheNYRBlog @sarahlovesnyr He is. I don't think people realize that 1 richards injury and our franchise is crippled for 6 years. Do people know that?
@sarahlovesnyr I think he's gone no matter what.
@tim_swann I'd still go with Lundqvist. He's a game changer.