The Associated Press is reporting that the New York Rangers and goaltender Henrik Lundqvist have come to an agreement on a lucractive contract extension that will make the Swede the highest-paid player at his position.
Lundqvist, in the final season of a six-year, $41.25 million deal, agreed to a seven-year contract reportedly worth $59.5 million. His salary-cap charge would rise from $6.875 million to $8.5 million and make him the NHL’s highest-paid goalie.
More importantly, it should keep him starring on Broadway for the rest of his career.
Lundqvist says that New York is where he wanted to be and that the possibility of leaving wasn’t a realistic possibility.
“About eight months ago I sat down for the first time with my family and my agent and kind of discussed my future,” Lundqvist said Wednesday after practice. “There were two things that became really clear to me: No. 1 was I really wanted to win the (Stanley) Cup here in New York. It’s my biggest goal and my biggest dream and what really pushes me right now to work harder. Secondly, I want to be a Ranger for life.
“To picture myself anywhere else, it was just wrong and it was never an option.”
The Swede isn’t having the best of seasons thus far posting an 8-11 record with a 2.51 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage but he’s usually amongst the best and most consistent goalies in the NHL so we can’t knock James Dolan for this decision.