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‘Shouldn’t be too difficult’ to sign Lundqvist, says Rangers assistant GM

Aug 8, 2013, 3:39 PM EDT

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 16: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers prepares to tend net against the New Jersey Devils in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on May 16, 2012 in New York City. The Devils defeated the Rangers 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Getty Images

With just one year remaining on his contract before Henrik Lundqvist can become an unrestricted free agent, it’s understandable that Rangers fans are anxious to hear that their star goalie has been signed to an extension.

So far, that hasn’t happened.

But while assistant general manager Jeff Gorton didn’t have much in the way of an update on the Lundqvist contract situation, he did share some encouraging words today at Yankee Stadium.

“Henrik wants to be here and we want Henrik,” Gorton said, per The Record. “At the end of the day it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a deal done.”

It’s expected that Lundqvist will become the NHL’s highest-paid goalie when he signs his new deal, surpassing the top current cap hit of $7 million that belongs to both Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask.

As for restricted free agent Derek Stepan, Gorton was equally optimistic at the prospect of getting the young center under contract.

“We fully expect to have something by the time we’re in camp,” said Gorton.

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  1. spongebobsportspants - Aug 8, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    HEY!! Isn’t this Maple Leafs day? More Leaf articles please.

    • redridershoottheireyeout - Aug 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

      Go to TSN, all you get is annoying Leafs crap, stinkin loonies!

  2. DED - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    They’ll get it done. I don’t see why PHT is making such a big deal out of it. They’ve got Stepan to take care of first and there’s all of that roster trimming to deal with first. Since the Rangers are so close to the cap, why worry about the 2014-15 season when the 2013-14 season needs to be addressed first.

    And spongebobsportspants deserves his Leafs day. More non-articles about next year’s FA’s just to fill up space is… well… just a waste of space.

  3. jaredo10 - Aug 8, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    lol I agree but then again it is an article about THE KING

    • DED - Aug 8, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      Yeah but I don’t want to see PHT go overboard on Lundqvist the way all sports media have (figuratively) gone overboard on Crosby. It’s like a bunch of teenaged girls getting all giddy over some boy band.

  4. lowenni - Aug 8, 2013 at 6:30 PM

    I don’t expect that it will be that easy. Lundqvist has been team MVP for seven straight seasons there, and although he has enjoyed a fantastic career, his team has not had the same success. He was very frustrated with his team in the playoffs and said that they can’t win “if we don’t score”. Unless the team enjoys a renaissance under their new coach, I wouldn’t be surprised if he explored his options during free agency.

    • stakex - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      Highly unlikely.

      Say whatever you want about how the Rangers played the last two seasons, but they still made it to the 3rd and 2nd rounds respectively… which isn’t bad at all. Obviously Lundqvist would have liked to see the team go deeper, but it still hasn’t been doom and gloom for the Rangers. Not to mention, where is he going to go where it will be better? All the top teams already have solid goaltenders locked up long term. The only top 10 team that doesn’t really have a top goaltender is Pit, but their cap situation is as bad as it gets going forward, and they would have no space for Lundqvist.

      If he wants to be with a likely winner in 2014-2015, he has little choice but to stay with the Rangers.

      • lowenni - Aug 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

        I wouldn’t say it’s totally impossible. Yes, I agree most likely he will return to the Rangers. And I also agree there are not too many options to go where he has a better chance at winning the cup then he does with the Rangers. But since he is arguably the league’s best goalie there would be plenty of teams, including teams who already have elite goalies, who may be willing to pay top dollar and deal their own goalies just to have him. He doesn’t need the elite defense of the Rangers because he can keep pucks out of the net on his own–he needs offense. And if the team can still not find that next year then I could see him considering a new team. I point you to this sir:

        http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2013/05/27/clowe-would-love-to-be-back-with-rangers-lundqvist-mum-on-extension/

        Lundqvist said: “I’m just focused on – well, right now, I’m trying to get over this year – but we’ll see. I’ll talk to my agent and take it from there.”
        He didn’t sound too enthusiastic or positive about returning after the 13-14 season.

  5. homerx - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    All the more reason they should have bailed on Richards.

    • stakex - Aug 8, 2013 at 7:41 PM

      They still can by the time Lundqvist’s new contract would be in place.

  6. kane987245 - Aug 8, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    If he went to free agency, where would he go that is a high profile market, in need of a great goaltender and perform well in the playoffs? Not to many teams fit the bill. Although, it will be interesting to see what happens when next season ends.

  7. President Charles Logan - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    One cup in 70 + years ……….. lol

    • DED - Aug 9, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Hey, here’s another stat for you: only 6 teams have the won the Cup more than the Rangers.

      • President Charles Logan - Aug 9, 2013 at 3:06 PM

        One cup in 70 + years

  8. 950003cups - Aug 9, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    They’ll get a deal done. The only way they don’t keep him is if a team like Pens, Wings, Hawks, or even Sharks make him a hefty offer. All those teams are top contenders without stability in goal. Sounds like some teams are waiting for him to hit FA. Chicago balked on Niemi after he won the cup, who’s to say Crawford is a lock?

  9. capsfan14 - Aug 9, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    You never know… All it takes is one bad season and then BAM he’s gone.

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