Report: Henrik Lundqvist agrees to 7-year, $59.5 million extension with Rangers
Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist agreed to a seven-year extension with the Rangers on Wednesday, which will keep him in New York until he’s 39 years old, according to TSN’s Darren Dreger.
The deal will make Lundqvist the highest paid goaltender in the league — ahead of the Bruins’ Tuukka Rask and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne, who will each make $7 million next season.
Lundqvist was due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, as he’s in the last year of a six-year, $41.25 million deal, but he was reportedly eager to stay in New York.
An Olympic gold medalist for Sweden in 2006, Lundqvist also won the 2012 Vezina Trophy (given to the league’s best goalie) and is the only goaltender in NHL history to win at least 30 games in each of his first seven seasons.
But Lundqvist has struggled this season, with an 8-11 record and a career-high 2.51 goals against average. That has led to coach Alain Vigneault calling out Lundqvist and starting Cam Talbot in his place two games in a row just this week.
7 years, $8.5 per is believed to Lundqvist’s extension agreement.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) December 4, 2013