TSN is reporting that the New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist have reached an agreement on a contract extension. According to Darren Dreger, the terms of the deal are as follows: seven years, $8.5 million per season. The Rangers have called for a press conference at noon today, and it’s believed that the deal will be made official then.
That will make “King” the highest paid netminder in the NHL by $1.5 million.
— CapGeek (@capgeek) December 4, 2013
This fact will likely put the Rangers under fire for the foreseeable future, since Lundqvist hasn’t played up to his usual standard this season. What were they expected to do though? Let him walk this summer while rolling with Cam Talbot?
I know the Rangers might get criticized for the term/money but what else are they going to do? Let Lundqvist walk July 1? Then what?
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) December 4, 2013
Despite a rough few months in New York this season, there’s little doubt that Lundqvist is among the elite netminders in the NHL. He’s played in 531 games for the Rangers and sports a 284-182-57 to go along with a .920 career save percentage and a 2.26 GAA.
We’ll keep you updated as more details are released.