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Lundqvist admits getting extension done was a ‘distraction’

Apr 14, 2014, 10:08 PM EDT

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist heads into the postseason looking to put some of his bad beats behind him.

After a season that saw him start slowly, King Henrik has looked a bit more like himself down the stretch. According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Lundqvist said that’s no coincidence.

“Early in the season there were a couple of distractions. I’m not going to lie — the contract played a part,” said Lundqvist, who signed a seven-year, $59.5 million extension on Dec. 4 after also dealing with an early-season injury that remains unidentified. “When you add everything together, it was not perfect. It was the most challenging part of my entire career.”

Suddenly, all the starts backup goalie Cam Talbot got in December make a lot of sense.

For Lundqvist to say that, it was certainly serious business. Given how poor his numbers were early in the season, the Rangers might be kicking themselves for not getting his extension done sooner.

  1. barkar942 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Definitely was playing hurt early on,probably from getting run over a couple of times early in the season.

  2. 950003cups - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:41 PM

    That kind of cash would “distract” many of us. So, do the rangers brass believe this guy can lead them to win a cup now? They embarrassed themselves and him with that silly celebration of wins and shutouts against two cup winning goalies.

    • rpiotr01 - Apr 14, 2014 at 10:55 PM

      Eddie Giacomin never won a cup, but yes, the celebration was way premature, over the top and inappropriate. Celebrate him when his career is over and all is said and done.

    • billiam55 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:30 AM

      first of all ur not even a NYR fan so zip it. he has the most wins over any goalies whos played for thje NYR, including Richter. Kind of a big deal for him. yes lundqvist never won the cup yet. but hockey isnt tennis or golf. it takes a TEAM to get to the cup. it was nice for us fans and the NYR to acknowledge that for Hank as hes been the backbone for our team for 8 seasons now.

      • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:36 AM

        When they get older they will finally get it !

    • 7mantel - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Don’t be bitter 93 ! thought you were better than that !

    • nebbah306 - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:23 AM

      Good thing Brodeur is retiring now. Lundqvist has OWNED him since he came into the league. Still havent won anything since Niedermayer and Stevens left.

  3. joey4id - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM

    Lundqvist added that if a deal isn’t done before the season, they will be put on hold if it becomes even a slight distraction once the year starts. Sept 12, 2013.

    I guess that plan didn’t turn out well. Can’t blame the guy for trying.

    – laxy, please verify my grammar. mommy wants to know if i’m improving.

    • laxman1944 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:32 AM

      Not too shabby Joseph, now you may have your blanky back safe and sound.

      • joey4id - Apr 15, 2014 at 10:11 AM

        Lol! Joseph. Now doesn’t that sound more mature? Certainly doesn’t sound like a kid living in his mom’s basement. However, my mommy prefers Joey. Do you think Gordie and Bobby have a blanky? Perhaps we should call them Gordon and Robert….

  4. thailer35 - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:43 PM

    Coming along swimmingly on the grammar Joey. Now you just have to ditch the unfounded cockiness and the need to flex your muscles over the internet and you just might become a tolerable person.

    • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      FU Trailer ! … seriously

    • joey4id - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      Seriously? You still don’t get it. This hockey blog is entertainment for us commenters. What you perceive as muscle flexing and cockiness is merely smoke and mirrors. A distraction to assess the gullibility of others. If you can’t see beyond the mirror, then is it possible that what you’re seeing is a reflection of yourself?

      Have fun! Stay objective! And don’t be too judgmental. Chill!

      Happy SC Tournament!

      • thailer35 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:47 PM

        Nope, when I look in the mirror I don’t see someone who called “most commenters” “sheep”.

        And you didn’t even take the time to realize that I commented on your much improved grammar.

  5. President Charles Logan - Apr 14, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    After it’s all said and done, Lundqvist will go down in History as one of the greatest Goalies to never win a Stanley Cup.

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:40 AM

      Unfortunately true. And I couldn’t care less about the Rangers.

  6. blomfeld - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:03 AM


    The bottom line is that Lundqvist is a wealthy ‘overpaid’ Swedish clown who’ll now be bilking the fair people of New York to the tune of US $8,500,000.00 for the next seven years ! … meanwhile, thousands of people the world over are dying ‘each & every’ day from starvation and disease … very sad 😦

    • charlieconway96 - Apr 15, 2014 at 2:42 AM

      Damn, I’ve missed my calling.

    • cofran2004 - Apr 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      has he fallen below alex ovechkin on the goalie rating list?

      • blomfeld - Apr 15, 2014 at 12:44 PM

        No ! … that ‘hasn’t’ happened !

        1) Jonathan Quick
        2) Martin Jones
        3) Ben Scrivens
        4) Jonathan Bernier
        5) Cory Schneider

        196) Henrik Lundqvist
        197) Florence Henderson
        198) Alexander Ovechkin
        199) Anti Eminem

      • cofran2004 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:43 AM

        Is Anti Eminem any relation to Marshall Mathers?

  7. kastout11 - Apr 15, 2014 at 8:08 AM

    Being a Flyers fan my entire life, I hate the Rangers, but for some reason, I have always liked Lundqvist. This proves again, it is all about the money. At least he admitted it.

  8. laxman1944 - Apr 15, 2014 at 9:34 AM

    Cry me a $59.5 million river………unreal

  9. bleedrangerblue - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:49 PM

    Blom is an idiot. Sorry. IDIOT

    • cofran2004 - Apr 16, 2014 at 10:44 AM

      Blom is actually quite entertaining if you stop taking everything he says so literally…

  10. bleedrangerblue - Apr 15, 2014 at 4:52 PM

    @billiam55. Yes it was nice to acknowledge Hank. This was for the Rangers and the fans. Everyone else poo on you.

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