Henrik Lundqvist; will he stay or go?
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05-28-2013, 06:17 AM
HOPE & CHANGE
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: New York
Brooks wrote Lundqvist wants at least $10M per. 8 years. Henrik can't complain about the team around him when he is making $10M minimum.
There is very little doubt that Lundqvist, operating on a six-year contract under which he is earning an average of $6.875 million per, will surpass Alex Ovechkin ($9.538 million per) as the NHLís highest paid player.
Lundqvistís asking price is likely to be a minimum of $80 million for eight years, the maximum length allowed for a player re-signing with his own team.
Chicago and Detroit are paying their goalies under $3M cap wise. Howard got an extension worth $5.29M. Niemi has a $3.8M cap hit. $5M for Fleury. Lundqvist is better than those goalies. That's not the argument. Its hard to have many other high priced players when the goalie is making $10M. With the back-up,the Rangers will need to invest $12M of the cap in goaltending. Stepan needs a new contract. McDonagh needs a new contract. Hagelin needs a new contract. The Rangers will need to amnesty Richards just to pay for the increases in 14-15 to Lundqvist,Callahan and Girardi. There is no way they can risk Richards suffering another concussion and they can't buy him out. Lundqvist by himself with take up any cap increase for 14-15.
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