Rangers Sign Lundqvist To Seven-Year Deal.

The New York Rangers have announced the re-signing of goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year, $59.5 million contract. Lundqvist was eligible for UFA status at season’s end.

Henrik Lundqvist will remain a Ranger for a long time.

Henrik Lundqvist will remain a Ranger for a long time.

 SPECTOR’S NOTE: Looks like all the recent hand-wringing in the New York media over Lundqvist’s contract status was for naught, not to mention all those reports claiming there’d been little progress in talks between the Rangers and the Lundqvist camp. As expected, it’s a seven-year deal worth an average annual cap hit of $8.5 million.  No one should be surprised. I’ve said for weeks the Blueshirts would open the vault for “King Henrik”. Did anyone really believe they wouldn’t re-sign this guy for that much? If so, you were dreaming in technicolor.

Given Lundqvist’s inconsistent play over the opening two months of this season, this deal could make some Rangers fans nervous. However, having won the Vezina Trophy in 2012 and had 30-or-more wins in each of his first seven seasons, the Rangers appear confident he’ll regain his stellar form. The long-term security of this deal could also put Lundqvist’s mind at ease, allowing him to focus upon improving his game.  

Despite the solid play of rookie Cam Talbot, it’s obvious Lundqvist remains the main man between the pipes for the Blueshirts. Yes, his new contract is  expensive, but that’s the price you pay to retain your franchise player. Besides, with the salary cap expected to rise significantly over the course of this CBA (thanks in part to that whopping new Canadian TV deal the NHL has with Rogers Communications), the Rangers can easily afford this. 

5 Comments

  1. Knew it was coming but the Rangers would be wise to give Cam Talbot quite a few starts still this season to ensure they are showcasing him. If he looks like a solid starting goalie, then it won’t be long before he disdains being behind Lundqvist and they may want to take advantage of goalie needs and a high level of play to address other needs.

    Congrats to King Lundqvist!

  2. This was a no brainer. You sign your top player, no questions asked.

  3. Henrik not the reason Rangers did not go further past 2 seasons on the playoffs

  4. I think if there was a blanket poll taken among fans, media, players, coaches and managers, King Henrik would come out on top as the perceived greatest goaltender in the world right now.

    He just has that air about him of all-world, undeniable stellar consistency.

    Perhaps he’s not the conventional heir-apparent to the Hasek-Roy-Brodeurs (and to a slightly less extent Belfours) of the generation that preceded him, but in the current highly competitive, and highly fluctuating goalie landscape, nobody can really touch him.

    Miller, Quick, Luongo, Price, Rinne, and Ward are the only currents who I’d imagine would qualify as his “contemporaries,” but I think he’s a cut above that group.

    Anderson and Halak seem to have shown flashes of brilliance, but lack the star and staying power.

    Thomas is over the hill, and only reached the pinnacle of his game for a few seasons quite late in his overall career.

    Crawford and Niemi appear to be more of the Osgood ilk – finding their groove with an amazing team.

    Schneider has been thusfar victim of circumstance to allow him to reach that level.

    Fleury is… well, Fleury.

    Bobrovsky and Varlamov are still too early to tell.

    Backstrom, for all intents and purposes is the poor-man’s Lundquist.

    Smith is a bit of an enigma who’s tenure in Tampa could be indicative of how much credit Tippett’s systems are to his current continued success.

    I think there’s one guy who in three or four years from now may spark an honest “who’s better” debate:

    Tukka Rask.

    Y’all follow me?

    • I missed a few:

      Howard – I class him with Niemi and Crawford

      Reimer, Dubnyk, Holtby – too early to tell, but my guess is they’ll never be mentioned in the same breath of Lundquist

      Nabokov – Has a solid regular season career, but has never proven much

      Lehtonen – injuries have made their permanent mark on his career

      Bishop – – maybe… but doubtful will emerge as anything truly special

      Elliott – He goes with Anderson and Halak… mostly because he aptly played second fiddle to both those guys’ success

      Hiller and Fasth – meh.

      Bryzgalov – in my opinion, a cool dude.

      Anyone else not mentioned is obvious.

      So yeah, Lundquist wins. I’d be interested if anyone can honestly build a case for anyone else.