Lundqvist Won 24 Games For The Blueshirts Last Season

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Henrik Lundqvist confirmed to Newsday that talks have begun over a new contract with the Rangers.

“We’re talking,” Lundqvist said to Newsday. “The good thing, though, is that we have another year so there’s no pressure to get it done. But we’re definitely talking, and we’ll see where it leads. So far it’s been a great time in New York and I don’t see any reasons to leave.”

The 31-year-old Swede is entering the final year of a six-year, $41.25 million contract. He is expected to become the NHL’s highest-paid goaltender should he agree to an extension with the Rangers. Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators is currently the league’s highest-earning goalie, earning $7 million per season.

Earlier this month, Rangers assistant general manager Jeff Gorton told reporters at the NHL Stadium Series event that he expects a new deal to get done.

“Henrik wants to be here, and we want Henrik,” Gorton said on August 8. “At the end of the day, it shouldn’t be too difficult to get a deal. I think we’ll get one done.”

Lundqvist won 24 regular-season games last season, and posted a 2.05 goals against average.

The Rangers will begin training camp on September 11.

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