According to Craig Custance at ESPN.com, despite Henrik Lundqvist not wanting contract negotiations with the Rangers to affect his play this season, both sides continue to talk extension. Here's Lundqvist's agent Craig Oster...
"Both sides are motivated to find a way to work together. It's been good positive discussions. The Rangers have tried, we just haven't been able to find something that satisfied both sides."
Larry Brooks at the New York Post said this morning that there's been a breakdown in contract negotiations.
...interesting quote from Lundqvist's agent. Sounds like the Rangers have been making offers, but Lundqvist has been rejecting them. With the way he's been playing Hank might want to re-think that strategy, because these might be the most generous ones he gets.
...i'm still of the belief that Sather needs to stand firm and not offer anything longer than a 5-6-year deal at $7.5 million.
...as far as his sub-par play. It could be the contract. It could be the smaller pads. Or maybe it's the defensive breakdowns in front of him. None of us know what the issue is, but all I know is that the Rangers can call-up as many players as they want or make as many trades as they want and it won't amount to a hill of beans if Lundqvist doesn't get back on track. I think you all agree he's that important to the team's success.
H/T to reader Mike B.
Cam Talbot stands a chance of being a good back up and there are some good starter goalies out there, maybe in Europe.Rangers just have to ink one and Lundqvist is suddenly redundant.Not such an impossible scenario, if you think about it.Corey Crawford is not as good as Lundqvist but he won the Stanley Cup.Just sayin. Also, what impact are the negotiations having on Lundqvist's bad start? Do we have to put everything on hold because he doesn't have a contract now?If his play doesn't pick up in the next ten games we have to start thinking about other keepers.
I hate to play devils advocate but what if henrik is not as good as everyone thinks? He played in a defensive system his whole career. It makes me wonder what an average goalie would have looked like on our team. How would the king have fared if everyone was not diving in front of every shot? Does the emperor have no clothes in this new "offensive" system?
As far as Hank goes, he's got to be made the top paid Goalie in the league & is probably looking to get money in the top 10 salaries overall. With that being said, and taking a peek at Cap geek . I'd say, 4 years @ 9.25 . The thought being , that doesn't even put him in the top 10 overall (it ties him for 10th) but does put him at the top among goaltenders. (based on next years current contracts) With the expectation that the cap is going up & Richards will be bought out/traded during or at the end of the year. If they add years i think the average could come down ( 6 years 8 - 8.5). After 4 years Hank will be 35. Key age afterwards for FA Deals. 4 years (& a ton of cash regardless) and reexamine what Hanks got in the tank post 35.
Unfortunately defensive breakdowns aren't to blame when he lets in a shot from Henrique fromt the top of the circle short side.... and he wasn't screened. Having said that I would even do 5 years at 8 million. I am not worried about the cap hit, as much as the years... if we had to give up a little more cap space to get rid of years.... I would jump on it
He needs to rethink these contract negotiations, not just for his fans but for himself. This season could stay ugly and if he wants to remain in NY, I think he has to consider signing soon.
Lundqvist needs to wake up and be more dominant...this comes to mind
Gotta stay positive somehow right? Let's hope Mashinter brings some much need grit/toughness to the play style.