McKenzie: Years, not dollars, will be obstacle in Lundqvist extension

September 20, 2013, by

Per Bob McKenzie, the biggest obstacle for the Rangers and locking up franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist won’t be dollars, but it years:

Bob McKenzie: And that’s also the thorny issue there could be withHenrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. When Henrik Lundqvist‘s current deal expires and he’s on an extension, he’ll be 33-years-old on the first year of that extension. Do you want to give a 33-year-old goaltender, as good as Henrik Lundqvist is and as much as he means to the New York Rangers, a long-term deal or do you want it shorter?

The emphasis here is on the word could in the first sentence. McKenzie is absolutely right, the only real sticking point will be term, not dollars. Hank is going to get more than the $7 million given to Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne, that’s a given. If New York gives him eight years, that puts him through to his age-41 season. Hank has shown no signs of slowing down, but goaltenders do tend to break down in their mid-to-late-thirties.

Again, emphasis is on the word could. It could be a problem, it might night not be a problem.


  1. Puck Luck (@Centerman21) says:

    Glen Sather isn’t going to be GM of the NY Rangers for 8 or 9 more seasons. He can give Hank whatever he wants and it will be another GM’s problem in the later years of Hanks next contract. This is why I think Sather will try to talk Hank into a 6 or 7 year contract, but ultimately give him what he wants. If it’s 7 years then so be it. If Hank wants 8 then he gets it. Dolan has long arms. He can reach deep into those pockets of his!

  2. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    This is always a pressing issue with teams and their aging stars. Some franchises can afford to let these players walk, some give them the long term deal.
    Most of the time the biggest factor in these decisions is whether that team has an adequate replacement. As for the Rangers, they don’t, and so Lunquist gets to sign a blank check for as many years as he wants.