Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Rangers Ink Lundqvist to a Seven-Year Extension

The New York Rangers signed 31-year-old netminder Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year, $59.5 million extension on Wednesday, according to sources.

According to NY Newsday:

The Rangers scheduled a news conference for after practice Wednesday at the Madison Square Garden Training Center.

"Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "He is a proud representative of the tradition and class of this organization and we are excited to have him remain as a cornerstone of the franchise."

The Swedish netminder will earn an average of $8.5 million per season, making him the highest-paid goaltender in the NHL, based on annual average value.

"He's paying for dinner, that's for sure," Ryan Callahan said after practice Wednesday.

Lundqvist, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12, has said since September that he wanted to stay in New York with the team that drafted him in 2000. He was in the final season of a six-year extension which paid him an average salary of $6.877 million. The goaltender has declined to discuss the negotiations since opening night.

So much for that Cam Talbot controversy, which was sparked when the Rangers' rookie got back-to-back starts recently. So