I'm in the minority when I say this, but I find him to be overrated, and all that jazz. Sure he is good, but definitely not worth that cap hit, I'd honestly take rask over him any day.
You sure about that..?
NYR definitely hate this deal, but they had no choice. I heard they wanted to limit to 6 years (not that it would have been any better), but he wouldn't budge.
I've had a look around the league at the rest of the 29 other starting goalies and their salaries go something like this:
- 3 at $6.5-7.0 million
- 9 at $5 - 6 million
- 2 at $4.5 million
- 15 at $1.5 - $3.5 million
So, not only are they going to be paying him 21% higher than the next highest, if you look at that list, he's paid way, way in excess of the average goalie salary.
So, I hate the cap hit #, but perhaps even bigger hatred is the term. They are going to stuck with a 39 year old goalie making $8.5M.
Find another goalie in the league who has been as consistently great as Lundqvist has been in his career.
Can't do it?
Fine, find another guy who is the face of his franchise. Can't do that either? Maybe someone who carries a bad/mediocre team into the playoffs year after year. Is that tough too?
What about a guy who has a status and recognition comparable to Crosby, Ovechkin etc. and is widely known even to people otherwise not interested in hockey. Not that either huh?
Hmm.. maybe this Lundqvist guy is actually, like, special... like...not just a run-on-the-mill starter. His worth to the Rangers franchise is beyond his Sv% or GAA, he is the guy those fans come to see. Not Callahan or Girardi.
Couldn't disagree with you more on this one. Lundqvist vs. Lidstrom/Yzerman is not even a comparison my friend, not even in the same category. What has Lundqvist won for the Rangers?
This is a totally stupid contract by the once again infallible Sather. Whoever is at the head of MSG, fire his arse already. I'd be willing to bet that they buy him out in 3-5 years time.
Lundqvist on better teams WOULD win cups. What he has won for the Rangers is countless hockey games.
But you're basically saying that if not for those cup wins, Yzerman/Lidstrom would not be worth much? They wouldn't be missed? Fans would hate it if they got big contracts?
You don't let the face of the franchise go, you don't let the heart and soul of your team go. Easy as that.