The goalie controversy in New York is officially over.
TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting that Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers have come to terms on a massive extension that will pay the netminder an average of $8.5 million over the next seven years.
Lundqvist is in the final season of his current six-year, $41.25 million contract, and was due to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. He’s having a sub-par year by his standards (8-11-0, 2.51 goals-against average, .917 save percentage) and is reportedly struggling to adjust to the smaller equipment that the NHL mandated this season for all goaltenders.
Still, there’s no denying that he’s one of the league’s top goalies — he won the Vezina Trophy in 2011-12, and was the runner-up to Sergei Bobrovsky in last year’s Vezina polling — and it would have been astonishing if the two sides didn’t come to an agreement.
But was this the right deal?