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Lundqvist says he’s ‘not thinking about free agency at all’

Aug 19, 2013, 3:33 PM EDT

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Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist could become one of the hottest free agent targets next summer if the Rangers don’t sign him. Luckily for them, he’s not even thinking about that right now.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post spoke with former Vezina Trophy winner and finds out he’s happy where he is and is looking forward to a new season with a new coach.

“If we can find a solution, it’s no secret that this is where I want to be; I’m not thinking about free agency at all,” said Lundqvist “The way the organization has treated me, the way that our team has played over the last few years, the way I feel about New York City, this is definitely the place I want to be.

“But we do have a few things we have to talk about.”

That last quote certainly comes off a bit ominous and Lundqvist goes on to tell Brooks he’d like to have a new deal done before the start of the season but it’s not necessary.

That’s probably a relief for GM Glen Sather to hear as he still has to get a deal done with restricted free agent Derek Stepan and he hasn’t even started talks with any of his impending free agents.

There’s no doubt Lundqvist can command top dollar from anyone he wants, especially the Rangers. With the cap set to go up again next season, that will only serve to line his pockets a bit more and ensure he can be a Ranger for life or go to the highest bidder for a long time.

At 31-years-old, a max deal with the Rangers would take him to age 39. Works out perfectly, wouldn’t you say?

Related: Lundqvist can’t fathom leaving the Rangers 

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  1. withseidelinn - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    This guy would legitimately have offers from 30 teams if he ever hit free agency.

    • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      29 at the most …

      speak for yourself pal, but we Kings have the very ‘best’ there is in the business (Jonathan Quick) and so we’d hardly be making an offer to the likes of Lundqvist !

  2. qauzaq - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    I’d love for him to go to free agency just for the excitement!

  3. narfmoo12 - Aug 19, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Wouldn’t Ryan Miller’s career arc give you reason to think twice about an eight-year deal for a 31 year old goalie?

    • nikolainyr - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      Lundqvist has been more consistent up to age 30 than Miller. Henrik has only had two season below .917 save percentage (and just barely). While Miller had only had two above that mark at any point in his career.

  4. c1md6 - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Yeah but Patrick Roy, Dominic Hasek, and evenTim Thomas won a cup playing well into their 30’s and Hank is definitely on that level, so it really depends on the goaltender. Also, in all fairness to Miller he really hasn’t had the greatest D in front of the the last couple of years.

    • narfmoo12 - Aug 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      I don’t deny Miller or Lundqvist being on that talent level, but age takes its toll on people at different times regardless of talent level. Goalies are like running backs, eventually Father Time catches up to you, with a few exceptions making it into their late 30s.

      • rengwarehrd - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:33 PM

        You must be referring to the real king, Martin.

  5. Windmiller4 - Aug 19, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I get the feeling that the Rangers are almost taking him for granted in the thought that he wouldn’t ever leave New York. Between that and the salary cap, i feel its a legitimate possibility for Hank to hit the open market. If this team doesn’t show it has the ability to win he might just want to bolt for a chance at a cup. He could be the next Alfredsson in that regard

    • billyhauntswizards - Aug 19, 2013 at 7:51 PM

      what makes you get that feeling?

      • Windmiller4 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:12 PM

        Sathers nonchalance towards signing him, and Lundqvists lack of comment on being back in New York after his contract is up. Seems like the perfect disaster is brewing. Personally i think if Lundqvist walks it will be the downfall of Sather. He has already shown to struggle at times as a GM, but letting a star of his caliber go would be devastating to Sather, his reputation, and the Rangers

      • Windmiller4 - Aug 19, 2013 at 10:14 PM

        Also as a fun little side note, i think it would be funny as hell to see Hank sign with the Isles. They would be a legit threat to win the cup with someone of his caliber in net

      • billyhauntswizards - Aug 19, 2013 at 11:29 PM

        just for the record Jeff Gorton negotiates the contracts now, not Sather. He’s said in a few articles he wants to be here, he can’t imagine being anywhere else, comments like that. Gorton’s negotiation process is quiet and Rangers brass don’t leak much, so I think you’re overanalyzing his nonchalance. And he makes any team a playoff team. If he signed with the Islanders I’d sit in my room and cry.

      • Windmiller4 - Aug 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        He has said in some articles that he loves new york city, but at times has seemed very non committal about the team. It just seems to me like there is a chance of him leaving. How good the chance is hasn’t been determined yet, but i’d say it depends on

        A) What kind of money Lundqvist asks for/Salary cap room
        B) How well Vingault does
        C) How deep they go in playoffs
        D) Goal scoring

        As with anything this is all speculation, but its something that is most definitely within the realm of possibility.

        Cheers

  6. blomfeld - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:50 AM

    OKAY, SO LET’S GET DOWN TO BRASS TACKS …

    While I personally place Lundqvist as a ‘top 15′ goalie, numerous ‘reputable’ sporting desks around the world beg to differ, such as the following which I read only this morning …

    *** NHL’s Top Goaltenders as per Swedish daily ‘Dagens Nyheter ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Corey Schneider
    3) Ryan Miller
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Carey Price

    28) Henrik Lundqvist
    29) Roberto Luongo
    30) Marc-Andre Fleury

    • Windmiller4 - Aug 20, 2013 at 2:58 AM

      What kind of swedish “sports desk” as you say, would have Lundqvist (a Swede) as the second worst goalie in the NHL? You must be that kind of dickhole who enjoys stirring the pot because theres no way you or anyone else is dumb enough to believe you

      • blomfeld - Aug 20, 2013 at 3:23 AM

        Listen Finklestein … Dagens Nyheter (the Day’s News) is one of Sweden’s finest and most reputable daily newspapers and they know what they’re talking about … and nowhere in the piece which I read this morning, did it say anything about Lundqvist being the “second worst’ goalie in the NHL … on the contrary, they were quite emphatic in pointing out that he’s currently ranked as the NHL’s 28th ‘best’ with the potential to improve … so kindly take your blind hatred and negativity and go back to your pasture of darkness !

    • magicrat13 - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:41 AM

      any newspaper (i don’t care where they are located) that thinks henrik is the 28th “best” goalie in the nhl is certainly not reputable…..folks here can be ranger haters all they want….at least be honest with yourself about henrik….28th best?…..seriously?

  7. DED - Aug 20, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    Why would an organization start working on signing guys who still have a year on their contract when they still haven’t finalized the roster with this year’s free agents? Until they get the situation resolved with Stepan (and that sounds more like an accounting issue with the Cap than a problem with the player), who is a key part of the team’s offense, why even start crunching the numbers on Lundqvist? I’m sure as soon as Stepan is signed and the books are balanced for this season, they’ll get right to work on Lundqvist. If they don’t have a contract extension in place by Christmas, then you guys can’t start speculating.

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