Rangers Hits: Richards, Lundqvist, McDonagh, Stepan, Clowe, Hagelin and Zuccarello

  • Katie Strang of ESPN: Despite talk of a buyout, Rangers Brad Richards wants to stay.

    “I signed here to be a Ranger a lot longer than a year and a half,” he said. “I still hope to do that, but I gotta take care of how I can play and that’s all on me.”

    “That’s been written since probably a week into the season,” Richards said of the buyout talk. “That’s the business side of it. I’m playing hockey no matter what.”

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: Rangers Henrik Lundqvist has one year left on his contract, but they are able to talk contract extension this summer.

    “I’m going to talk to my agent and will see. I [have] had such a great time in New York. They’ve treated me really well and gave me the opportunity to play.

    “It’s been a lot of fun. I have one more year on my contract and we’ll see.”

    Brooks thinks that Lundqvist’s asking price could be eight years and $80 million.

    The Rangers need to lockup RFA’s Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan to long-term deals. The Rangers would have about $20 million in cap space if they buy out Richards. They also have RFAs Carl Hagelin and Mats Zuccarello, and UFA Ryane Clowe.

  • Dan Rosen: Rangers UFA Ryane Clowe said he’s open to returning. Added he was close to returning to the Rangers lineup before they were eliminated. Hinted it may have been a concussion, but wouldn’t say it.
  • Dan Rosen: Rangers RFA center, Derek Stepan, said he hasn’t thought about his next deal, but he wants to be with New York for sure.

4 Comments

  1. AJ

    May 28, 2013 at 9:02 am

    A minimum of 80 mill for 8 years at 10M per??? Lundquist is great, but he’s a goalie ffs…

  2. hotwings

    May 28, 2013 at 9:25 am

    I think Larry Brooks is fishing for readership with that comment. 10 mil a year, 8 years.. yah right, with the cap going down? They got to the second round this year, and have not had great playoff success with Lundqvist. Obv. Lundqvist isn’t the problem, but they will need to add more to their lineup to go deeper. Goodluck to NYR if they sign him to a monster contract ala Dipeitro/Luongo.

    Who knows, maybe Lundqvist decides to walk next year or gets traded. He has to be looking to get at least 7.5+ to 8mil a year for starters… maybe thats the discount.. 10 mil a year is ridiculous.

  3. Ian

    May 28, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Can’t see Lundqvist commanding that much, but how can the Rangers let him go?

    Sather’s argument to Lundqvist’s agent is that the team needs to maintain cap space to sign players if they’re going to win.

  4. John

    May 29, 2013 at 11:51 am

    I was gunna post what everyone else said…