Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com reports that Henrik Lundqvist's agent Don Meehan expects to meet with Glen Sather in New York/New Jersey the week of the draft to talk extension.
Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record has recently indicated that the Rangers are likely to offer Lundqvist a max contract of eight years, $80 million, while Larry Brooks at the New York Post suggests that Evgeni Malkin's recent eight-year, $76 million extension with the Penguins has set the bar for the Rangers netminder.
…the Rangers might as well start talking an extension with Lundqvist during the draft, because without a first or second round pick they won't be doing anything else that week anyway.
…as far as the contract goes, while Lundqvist IS the New York Rangers and without him they are a bottom feeder, both Gross and Brooks are crazy if they think the Blueshirts are going to offer him Malkin money and/or years. Bryzgalov is currently the highest paid goaltender in the league at $8 million per, and while Lundqvist is obviously far superior, that contract should not be used as the standard for goaltenders. The next two highest paid are Rinne and Quick at $7 million per, which is where Lundqvist is likely to fall. But if the Richards contract has taught them anything, the Rangers shouldn't offer Lundqvist more than a five year deal. The last thing the organization needs is to be paying a 39-year old goaltender $7 million per.
…having said all that, I'm not so sure how interested Lundqvist will be in signing an extension before the season begins anyway. The King has pretty much achieved everything a goaltender can in the NHL, except win the Stanley Cup. So I wouldn't be surprised if he wanted to wait until he's gotten a good idea if this current Rangers team, under Vigneault, will give him the best chance of winning before accepting a new deal.
Speaking of Lundqvist, check out the cover of this month's The Fourth Period magazine…