Thursday, July 25, 2013

2014 NHL Free Agents - Henrik Lundqvist

UPDATE:  Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers agreed upon a seven-year contract extension, beginning with the 2014-15 season, worth a total of $59.5 million over the life of the deal.  According to the New York Daily News, Lundqvist's annual salary cap hit will be $8.5 million, which is $1.5 million more than the next highest paid NHL goaltenders, Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne.

Henrik Lundqvist, the New York Rangers' Vezina trophy winning netminder, will see his contract expire in the summer of 2014, as he becomes an unrestricted free agent.  The Swedish goalie has blocked pucks for the New York Rangers since the 2005-06 season, becoming one of the premier goaltenders in the world.  

Goalie Stats
Season Age Tm GP W L T/O GA SA SV SV% GAA SO MIN GPS
2005-06 23 NYR 53 30 12 9 116 1485 1369 .922 2.24 2 3112 12.2
2006-07 24 NYR 70 37 22 8 160 1927 1767 .917 2.34 5 4109 14.3
2007-08 25 NYR 72 37 24 10 160 1823 1663 .912 2.23 10 4305 11.9
2008-09 26 NYR 70 38 25 7 168 2007 1839 .916 2.43 3 4153 13.7
2009-10 27 NYR 73 35 27 10 167 2109 1942 .921 2.38 4 4204 15.0
2010-11 28 NYR 68 36 27 5 152 1965 1813 .923 2.28 11 4007 14.0
2011-12 29 NYR 62 39 18 5 123 1753 1630 .930 1.97 8 3754 14.1
2012-13 30 NYR 43 24 16 3 88 1190 1102 .926 2.05 2 2575 9.3
Career 511 276 171 57 1134 14259 13125 .920 2.25 45 30219 104.5
Provided by Hockey-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 7/25/2013.

Lundqvist led the NHL in wins during the lockout shortened season of 2013, with 24 (tied with Niklas Backstrom and Antti Niemi.)  He is also the NHL's active leader in save percentage with a .920 mark.

Talks between Lundqvist's agent and Rangers' GM Glen Sather regarding the netminder's status were planned for the weekend of the 2013 NHL draft.  As of late July, 2014, no extension has been agreed upon.

Outlook

The expectation is that Lundqvist will sign an extension with the New York Rangers, prior to his status changing to an unrestricted free agent in July of 2014.  He will be coming off of a six-year deal with New York at an annual cap hit of $6.875 million.  The Rangers have several players slated to become free agents in 2014, and as such, will have ample room under the salary cap to sign Lundqvist to a very large contract.  Expect him to compete with Rick Nash for the highest annual salary on the team, and to become the highest paid goaltender in the NHL.


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