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Contract Extension Necessary For New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist

Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Henrik Lundqvist deserves better than what he is getting with the New York Rangers this season. Lundqvist has single-handedly kept the Rangers in playoff contention with a fantastic season between the pipes, and it should be time for the team to explore giving him a new contract to reward his efforts. It is the least the team can do for a goalie that is allowing an average of just 2.19 goals per game.

Lundqvist signed a six-year deal in 2008, so that contract is nearing the end of the line here. The netminder has proven this season that the team should give him another long-term deal.

I would think that a five-year contract worth $35 million would be fair  for the 31-year-old; there are goalies that play into their 40s, and I think Lundqvist will be one them. There’s not much more that Lundqvist can do for this Rangers’ team other than just coming out of net himself to try to score some goals.

The Rangers desperately need to score more in front of Lundqvist, or this magical season is going to go up in smoke. New York is sitting in eighth place but is teetering in that spot.

The efforts that Lundqvist is putting up though deserve a higher salary, and I really hope the Rangers are discussing this right now. This season would be in much worse shape if Lundqvist wasn’t playing so well, and the Rangers know that.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.