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Lundqvist: I’m done talking about contract extension

Oct 2, 2013, 3:34 PM EDT

Henrik Lundqvist Getty Images

Over the last few months, Henrik Lunqvist has intimated he didn’t want to discuss his contract status once the regular season began.

Today, made it official.

“This will be the last time you hear me talk about it,” Lundqvist told the Bergen Record. “Unfortunately we don’t have a deal right now. For me now it’s time to just focus on the game. I want to have all my thoughts on playing as well as I can and winning. That’s all my focus is. That’s all I care about.”

Lundqvist, 31, is in the final year of a six-year, $41.25 million deal that pays $6.875 annually. A Vezina finalist two years running — winning the trophy in 2011-12 — it’s expected he’ll 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.

But for now, Lundqvist won’t wade into negotiations.

He did say the Rangers are free to speak to his representation — Newport Sports’ Don Meehan — but re-iterated that he won’t speak to the club or Meehan about a new deal.

“If they continue to talk, the Rangers and my agent, so be it,” Lundqvist explained. “But for me personally I’m not going to get involved. I’m not going to talk to my agent.

“Right now, all I care about is to play well.”

  1. oquintero99 - Oct 2, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    That picture portrays Henrik like a diva, which he isn’t. Good for him for not talking about this issues right now.

    • ag3rd - Oct 3, 2013 at 2:54 AM

      Sure he is a diva – he’s the drama queen. Blames his defense for every goal he lets in. Poor pre-season; let’s see how he does this season.

      Oh, note the ridiculous height of his non-conforming shoulder pads! Freaking tortoise shell, pull in your head, Hankey!

  2. 7mantel - Oct 2, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Good for him ! Why talk through the media , that’s what his agent gets paid for ! Media would only put their own spin on it !

  3. 950003cups - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    He may be done, but the media will taunt him every chance they get.

  4. hockeyfan28 - Oct 2, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    This is going to get interesting he has pretty much let it be known he wants to pull a Brodeur to start and end his career with the same team but man the further this goes into the season with no extension a few people have got to be in his ear saying hey your at a level where you could pretty much pick the city and contract you wanna play for seems like he wants to stay in NY but man if No. 30 where to hit the open market I could see someone honestly giving him 9 mill a year

  5. canucks30 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    If he hits the market, the Flyers will throw CRAZY money at him. Among other teams.

    • 950003cups - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:24 PM

      Flyers will have 16 players on contract with roughly $10 mil to spend on re-signing 5 new Dmen, a backup goalie, and “CRAZY” money at Lundqvist. I don’t see it happening with Philly unless they unload at the trade deadline, which would mean they aren’t gonna bait him as a contender for a while. Philly is in some serious cap trouble until the 2016-2017 season unless they have a yard sale.

  6. canucks30 - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    Never understood why teams play hardball with their best players. If there is anyone you want to keep happy and motivated it’s them.

    • 950003cups - Oct 2, 2013 at 7:29 PM

      Players play hardball too. If you’re a Zach Parise or David Clarkson (remember, they are family men too) and someone throws you more money than you will ever see in the next 7 years, do you balk or jump on it. Lots of things come in to play on contracts including local taxes in the city they want to move to. There is no loyalty when it comes to business. You think David Clarkson should have thrown out $13 million because he likes the food on Ferry St?

  7. tru2joelu4eva - Oct 2, 2013 at 8:31 PM

    Lundqvist: I’m done talking about contract extension

    thanks lebron james

  8. barkar942 - Oct 3, 2013 at 10:23 AM

    MEDIA UPDATE-
    LUNDQVIST AND RANGERS ON OPPOSITE ENDS OF THE CONTRACT UNIVERSE-LUNDQVIST WANTS JUPITER- SLATS OFFERS MERCURY, BUT MAY THROW IN THE NON-PLANET PLUTO!
    Slats also reports that based on his play thus far in the regular season, Richards will not be an off season buyout!

  9. DED - Oct 3, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    I’m done hearing about it. Let’s play hockey! Let the agent handle it. When they’ve got something to say, they’ll say it.

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