Originally written on NY Rangers Blog  |  Last updated 6/28/13

NEW YORK - DECEMBER 23: Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers skates against the Florida Panthers on December 23, 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Bob McKenzie at TSN reports that the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist's representatives were to begin contract extension talks last night. ...i think if Lundqvist signs a contract with the Rangers, he wants it to be long term. No way he's going to sign a five-year deal that would put him into free agency during his late 30s and likely the beginning of his decline. He'd lose a ton of money. ...having said that, I'd hate to see Sather just roll over for the guy. Giving him a 8-year, $80 million contract could really hamstring the Rangers capwise for years to come. There's been plenty of Cup winners recently with nothing more than above average goaltenders, so if Lundqvist is going to play hardball it might be time to seriously think about trading the guy (gasp!) for a huge package that could set the Rangers up for success for years to come. Meanwhile, Glen Sather told Steve Zipay at Newsday that a decision on Brad Richards is "coming shortly." ...of course it is, the deadl...
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