Source: USA TODAY
The New York Rangers have signed franchise goalie Henrik Lundqvist to a seven-year contract extension.
The deal carries an $8.5 million cap hit and includes a full no-movement clause.
“Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL,” said Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather 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.”
Lundqvist has a career 284-182-57 record, 2.26 goals-against average, .920 save percentage and 47 shutouts in nine seasons, all spent with the Rangers.
The 31-year-old has struggled to find his game this season, though, going just 8-11-0 with a 2.51 GAA and .917 SV% and had sat out the past two games in favor of Cam Talbot.
Still, the Rangers’ identity has been shaped by “The King” since he made his debut in the 2005-06 season, and he has been not only the team’s best player throughout, but also one of the game’s best.
“Two things were real clear to me,” Lundqvist said to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. “No. 1 was I really want to win a (Stalnley) Cup here. … Secondly, I want to be a Ranger for life. That was a big thing that became really clear to me.”
The Swedish goalie, the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner, was in the final year of a six-year, $41.25 million deal.
Lundqvist’s new contract will make him the highest paid goaltender, surpassing the $7.5 million the Boston Bruins’ Tuukka Rask will earn next season.
“To picture myself anywhere else, it was just wrong,” Lundqvist said. “In my heart it was never an option to play anywhere else.”
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