This is my first post so please excuse me if I'm not doing this correctly.
I couldnt see this being posted anywhere so here goes:
According to Aftobladet Lundqvist is in talks with the Rangers about a new contract.
560 million SEK for 8 years. I dont have time to do the conversion.
With the salary cap paying anyone that much is just a way to set the team up to fail in the future. The NHL would probably also not allow any contract that is just a way to circumvent the salary cap like they did with Kovalchuk.
Not totally ridiculous, but I don't know that we'll see that for 8 years. Do we really want to count on him being a top tier goalie at 40? I'd be happy giving him 9M x 5 years...but if he wants 8 years I'd like to think there's a deal to be had in the 7.5M range. On the other hand I'd imagine the cap will be 10M higher 5 or so years from now...so maybe it's not a total cap killer to be stuck with an average hank at the end of the deal.
It would be a dick move on his part to demand that.
No goalie in the league will be making more than 7.5 until 17-18
What need is there for Lundqvist to demand being an 8 per year guy?
That's a selfish *****-type person in my opinion.
No goaltender is more important to his team's success than Lundqvist, so, I think it gives him every right to ask for $8M per. If you're going to let him walk over a $125K (or let him walk in general), you might as well tear the whole team down and start from scratch.
A lot of you guys are too young to remember and/or understand what a Ranger team with no goaltending looks like. It ain't pretty.
Elite goalies don't get paid like elite skaters. Every penny he would get over $7 million would make him the highest paid goalie by that much more.
Tough to quantify, but wouldnt you say that Lundqvist is consistently the most important goaltender corresponding to his team's success?
In other words, guys like Rask and Quick have a much better team in front of them on any given night. And the reason those teams are better ain't because they have a million extra dollars in cap space.