Hank is here to stay.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Henrik Lundqvist has signed a 7 year extension worth $8.5M per year. This should put any doubts about who the number 1 goalie is to rest, as Hank now becomes the highest paid goalie in the NHL. The raise is a modest $1.75 million from his current contract, so the cap hit, while large, is manageable.
Lundqvist, who turns 32 in March, has a contract that will pay him $1.5 million more than the previously highest paid goalies Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask. This is also the largest contract ever given to a goalie, and will likely remain the largest contract ever given to a goalie. Hank had the rare scenario of All-World talent, a team that desperately needs him, and a team with the means necessary to keep him. Plus, no goalie will be topping $8.5 million any time soon.
This season, Lundqvist has posted a 2.51 GAA and a .917 SV%, a far cry from his career numbers of 2.26 GAA and .920 SV%. But those numbers are misleading thanks to two games in California. Hank’s November stats: 2.27 GAA and .924 SV%. Much more in line with his career numbers.
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According to Elliotte Friedman, Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal. The value is estimated in the $6.5 million range, but is yet unconfirmed. Looks like Sather got his bridge deal, after all. Welcome back Step, now get to work.
The Pack added another depth forward today, signing Andrew Rowe to an AHL contract. Rowe went undrafted out of Michigan State, and landed with the Flyers organization (Philadelphia Phantoms) in 2010. Rowe bounced around the AHL and ECHL for two years while with the Flyers organization, with the ECHL time spent with the Greenville Road Warriors (Rangers ECHL affiliate). Rowe has 94 AHL games (15-9-24) and 78 ECHL games (35-45-80) under his belt.
Rowe will be a depth player for the Wolfpack. Since this is an AHL deal, he does not count towards the 50-contract limit for the Rangers.
The Wolfpack continue to add defensive depth, this time inking three-year pro Brendon Nash to an AHL deal. Nash has appeared in 128 AHL games with the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal’s system) and San Antonio Rampage (Florida Panthers system), putting up a line of 11-38-49. Nash has also appeared in a pair of NHL games with the Canadiens without registering a point. The 6’3, 206 lb defenseman (left-handed shot, 26 years old) was a graduate of Cornell before joining the Canadiens farm system in 2010.
Since this is an AHL deal, Nash does not count against the 50 contract limit and cannot be called up to the Rangers. Expect Nash to compete for a top-six role in Hartford.
The Wolfpack continue to add depth. Just one day after signing Charlie Dodero, the Pack has added another defenseman in Mike Marcou. Marcou spent four seasons at UMass Amhearst before playing most of last season with the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors (putting up 6-19-25 in 58 games). Greenville is the Rangers’ ECHL affiliate, so there won’t be much of a difference for the 23-year old defenseman. The 5’11″, 180-lb Marcou is also a local boy, from Kings Park out on Long Island.
Just a note: The reason why this signing, along with Dodero’s and Jeff Malcom’s don’t show up in Capgeek is because these are AHL deals. They do not count against the 50-contract reserve list. These guys will not appear in the NHL while they are under AHL only deals.
While no official announcement has been made, it appears the Rangers have signed undrafted free agent defenseman Charlie Dodero of the Sudbury Wolves, per Michael Kantor’s Twitter. The 6′, 195-lb defenseman just finished his age-20 season in the OHL, putting up a line of 7-20-27 with a -23 rating. The -23 rating is a bit misleading, as Sudbury wasn’t solid defensively, and allowed 20 more goals than they scored. Over his four year OHL career Dodero put up a line of 11-56-67, with the majority of those points coming in the past two seasons.
Dodero was a part of the 2013 prospect camp in June.
Per Capgeek, the Rangers have re-signed RFA forward Brandon Mashinter to a one-year deal worth $605k. The contract is a two-way contract, with Mashinter’s AHL salary at $75k. Mashinter played four games with the Rangers last season, going scoreless in those four contests with a -2 rating. With the Whale, Mashinter played 35 games, putting up a line of 10-9-19 with 52 PIMs. The Rangers acquired Mashinter from San Jose last season for Tommy Grant and a 7th round pick.
Per Capgeek (s/t to Kevin Power of Blueshirt Banter for the tip), the Rangers have signed OHL defenseman Troy Donnay to a three year entry level deal. Donnay, an undrafted free agent, participated in Rangers prospect camp this year following his third year in the OHL. The 19-year-old Donnay played for the Erie Otters, registering a goal and seven assists over the full season while serving as the alternate captain. His -39 is scary, but Erie was just awful this year.
The 6’7, 185 lb defenseman is not known for his offensive skills, but has decent skating ability for someone of his size. He doesn’t have a big mean streak yet, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a physical player. With most teenagers, he needs to bulk up before he can become an effective player. He will likely return to the OHL for at least one more season.
Per Darren Dreger, he Rangers and Mats Zuccarello avoided their arbitration hearing, and have agreed on a one-year, $1.15 million contract. Zuccarello and the Rangers were set to go to arbitration tomorrow. The $1.15 million for Zuccarello represents a raise, but not as large of a raise as expected. Many, myself included, assumed he would get in the $1.5 million range. The extra money saved goes a long way to getting Derek Stepan under contract.
Wolfpack GM Jim Schoenfeld added to the goalie depth of the organization by signing Yale goalie Jeff Malcolm to an AHL deal. Malcolm was a key piece for Yale as they made their Cinderella run to the NCAA Championship. In 30 games this past season, Malcom went 20-6-2 with a 2.24 GAA and a .919 SV%. The 6’2, 185-lb goalie will compete with Cam Talbot, Jason Missiaen, and Scott Stajcer for the goalie spots in the AHL and ECHL.