One of the best netminders in all of hockey is set to become a free agent this summer and the New York Rangers are going to try their hardest to make sure that doesn’t happen. According to ESPN New York, the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist are set to begin contract negotiations that will keep him in New York and off the open market this summer.
Though New York does not have a pick until the third round of the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, GM Glen Sather has plenty of other important business to attend to, including locking up franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.
One of the reasons Lundqvist was reluctant to re-sign with the Rangers at first had to do with head coach John Tortorella. Many believe that the firing of Torts had a lot to do with Lundqvist’s disapproval of him and New York ultimately valued Lundqvist over their now former head coach. New York brought in former Vancouver Canucks head coach Alain Vigneault to replace Torts and they’re hoping he’s the choice that will help keep Lunqvist where is is right now.
Lundqvist didn’t get a lot of support in the Rangers failed run to the second round of the Stanley Cup playoffs where they lost to eventual runner up Stanley Cup losers, the Boston Bruins.
But while he’s not one of the hot young goalies in the league, Lundqvist remains a top talent and is a future Hall of Famer. He appeared to have plenty left in the tank during the postseason which means the Rangers will try to bend over backwards in order to re-sign him and get him back in net next season.