So, our favorite writer at the NY Post recently stated (accurately, in my view) it behooves the Rangers to try and extend Lundqvist's contract before the season gets beyond the next few months, rather than let it extend into the season. It just seems the longer these things linger, the more risky it gets for an organization to possibly lose a key player.
So, the question I pose for the board is, should the Rangers:
a) sign him as soon as possible;
b) attempt a mid-season renegotiation; or
c) wait until end of season?
Embedded in this question, though, is the broader and more important question of whether the Rangers should evaluate the package of assets The King could bring back in a trade, and whether the organization should seriously evaluate such a trade?
So, I am curious to hear some views. Personally, I think the Rangers ought to attempt a mid-season renegotiation, knowing full well there is risk to it, and evaluate the package of assets that could be offered in a trade?
Yes, I do view Hank as an elite goaltender, and I realize we have no true starting option behind him. Yet, it seems Hank will command an annual salary north of $8 million, and that kind of talent would bring back some special assets (including a quality goalie - Pavalec at $3.9mm per through 2017 looks looks like a steal).
At a minimum, I think we need to explore what could be offered for Hank. I would even take that further and be willing to trade him because I am of the view our window for the Stanley Cup with this group of key players may have closed -- that is not to say the team is not built to compete well in upcoming seasons, just not well enough for Stanley Cup representation.
Anxious to hear some thoughts around these questions; thanks.