New York Rangers Should Consider Trading Henrik Lundqvist

Henrik Lundqvist

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All right, I know this is radical, crazy and maybe insane of me to think. But let’s put all the cards on the table and review what we know about Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers.

First off Lundqvist is an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Both the Rangers and Lundqvist have stated that they will not discuss the terms of a new contract until the season is over. They don’t want the negotiations to be a distraction for the team. Lundqvist will turn 32 in March and will be looking to cash in with what will most likely be his last contract ever in the NHL.

Now once again, let me just state that I love Lundqvist. He was a part of the youth movement that helped bring the Rangers back to a competitive level. He has been the Rangers starter since 2005. Now lets dive a little deeper into some stats here. The Rangers have made the playoffs in eight of the nine years Lundqvist has been the starter. Out of those eight playoffs appearances the Rangers have made the Stanley Cup Finals zero times, the Conference Finals once, the Conference Semifinals four times, and they have lost in the first round three times. I will never blame one player for losing a game or not playing well but the Rangers haven’t taken that next step with Lundqvist as their goalie.

Everyone loves to say that the Rangers would be much better if they had a better team in front of Lundqvist. I agree with this statement 100 percent. But in todays NHL, how many teams give goalies max deals for 10 years? In order to put a good team on the ice are you really willing to hammer up that much cap space on a goalie? This is where the insane idea comes into my mind: trade Lundqvist now.

First off, why should the Rangers risk let him walk? They have Cam Talbot waiting in the wings who has no NHL experience. Second off there are plenty of teams who think that if they get a great goalie they could make that step to become an elite team or even a playoff team. The Rangers should honestly consider trading Lundqvist to a team that has a surplus of young talent. They could acquire a goalie that is not great but a solid starter in the league. Then they could acquire some fast, creative, and young players who will fit in with the scheme Alain Vigneault is trying to implement for this team. For anyone who has watched the Rangers play so far this season it is clear that the Rangers are just a slow team. It is no ones fault because that’s the way they were built. John Tortorella had gone through the process of getting players he wanted that fit his system for the first two to three years he was coaching the Rangers. We all saw this manifest in 2011-12 when the Rangers made the Conference Finals as the in your face, grind it out team. Vigneault loves skill guys who are fast and creative. Why not speed up this process by getting those players as soon as possible?

It is very unlikely that the Rangers trade Lundqvist. I am almost willing to bet my house that they will resign him to a 7 or eight-year contract this summer. But I’m just saying trading Lundqvist is an option that the Rangers should really consider if they want to take that next step and finally reach the Stanley Cup Finals and win a cup.

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  • zuccsaga36

    Trading hank huh lmao you don’t trade a goaltender of hanks caliber. Depth starts in net and he Is one of if not the best goalie in the world. You have a team that gets zero puck possession in these loses. Running around and basically creating a shooting gallery on hank. When the team plays the way there supposed to play hank does his job but when they completely fold infront of him idc who is in net your losing. Rangers vs la shooting gallery on quick they got embarrassed do you think there saying oh trade quick no. Depth starts in net kid. Stop with redic article on what the rangers should consider. They should consider trading delzotto Krieder miller for some top six goa scoring. Call up Haley mash bicks and get some toughness to allow our stars to be stars. It’s simple solution. Yakupov vanik or hope gaborik goes free agency and comes back to ny

    • OnlyRevolutions

      First, I think Gabby is the last person we should consider. Yes, he put up goals, but he’s also had some injury problems. The last thing we need is an aging and/or declining star with an injury bug.

      Second, that fourth line (and Bickel on D) would not be very good. Maybe in NHL 14 where you can just play as guys, but I don’t think itworks in reality.

      Third, I’d be really curious how you plan to fit that all under the cap.

      Nash – Step – Gabby
      ? – Brass – Cally
      Hags – Boyle – Fast
      Mash – Haley – Dorsett

      McD – Girardi
      Staal – Stralman
      Moore – Bickel

      Lundqvist
      Talbot

      Sign them all at realistic salaries (10 mil for Lundqvist, 4 mil for Girardi, 1.5 for Moore, 5 for Cally, etc.). There’s 1.9 million left to fill that LW spot. Good luck with that.

      • Brandon Fitzpatrick

        I agree with you 100%. Brian Elliot and Jaroslav Halak are both free agents at the end of this season. Personally I love Halak. I think he’s a gamer. If they don’t trade Hank let him walk sign Halak and go after Thomas Vanek or a guy like Alexander Steen who is also a free agent.

        • zuccsaga36

          letting hank walk lmao thats all i can say to that crazyness

      • zuccsaga36

        gaborik missed less games then cally. wasnt injury prone in ny. declining star huh he has more points then the entire rangers team. hes far from declining. rangers have over 34 mill in cap space next seaosn. bickel had a great camp and brings much needed toughness to the back end. so yes that line would be effective. cap wont be issue come seasons end

        • OnlyRevolutions

          So how many of these would you let walk for nothing?

          Nash – Step – Gabby
          ? – Brass – Cally
          Hags – Boyle – Miller
          Mash – Haley – Dorsett

          McD – Girardi
          Staal – Stralman
          Moore – Bickel

          Lundqvist
          Talbot

          As I said, that leaves 1.9 million left to fill that LW spot, and that’s if you keep those relatively inexpensive guys on the 3rd + 4th lines.

          • zuccsaga36

            brassard miller boyle dorsett i wold let walk or trade

          • zuccsaga36

            brassards a tough one but i would trade him his cap hit doesnt = his production hes a expensive third line center

          • OnlyRevolutions

            How would you fill those holes for roughly $10 million? Not sure how much help you’re getting from the farm.

            Nash – Step – Gabby
            ? – ? – Cally
            Hags – ? – ?
            Mash – Haley – ?

            McD – Girardi
            Staal – Stralman
            Moore – Bickel

            Lundqvist
            Talbot

    • Brandon Fitzpatrick

      Well where do I start. First off there is no guarantee Hank stays next year. Second of all Haley and Bickel? Are you serious? The problem with this team is that they are too slow so you want to call up Stu Bickel who skates with cinderblocks on his legs? Gabby is not coming back and the Rangers once again will have 0 cap room if they resign Hank, Girardi, and Cally. They will actually have 0 cap room to spend on anyone. You have a core yeah, but the Rangers are a slow team right now. You aren’t going to get anything for Del Zotto, or Miller, or Kreider right now. And sure depth starts in net. Thats why you get a solid starter get a decent backup and put a team full of quick skaters in front of that goalie. And don’t call me kid. I might be younger than you but I’m almost positive I know more about the game than most people.

      • zuccsaga36

        rangers have over 34 mill in cap space next season

      • zuccsaga36

        now i say your crazy okay. speed isnt a issue with the rangers. there problems all stem from horrid defensive play. they cant make a simple breakout pass. they can not figure out who the most dangerous guy is on the ice and they puck watch thats the problem.not only that they get run out of the building by physical teams becasue we dont play a physical brand of hockey. bickel brings much needed toughness and size to the roster. i can see how you would think there slow in there loses there standing watching. not good. now you say you know more about this game then most. well i do to i have played this game at the jr and college levels for extremely good coaches. we have a team built to play defensive style hockey trying to play a puck possession game. that is also a problem. the rangers have a very hard time establishing a forchekc becasue nobody wants to get dirty and play along the wall. nobody wants to play infont of the net. delzottos terrible but he will get you a good return so would krieder. this team needs to make changes in there roster. so you think hank girardi and cally will consume 34 mill huh. lol and i like how you left out staal like hes not a more important singing then giardi becuawe he is. staals by far our best d man.

      • zuccsaga36

        you say you know the game better then most then post let hank walk and sign halak lmao sorry kid thats the stupidest thing i have read in a long long time

        • Brandon Fitzpatrick

          Staal isn’t a free agent for 2 years there you go. And I’m not saying let hank walk I’m saying trade him and get some talent up front. And yes they are slow. Taylor Pyatt, Brian Boyle, Richards(even though he’s been great), Stepan isn’t the fastest guy. And sure they’ll have $34 million to spend because half their team is free agents next summer. Look a little deeper into it. And I’m not saying they should sign Halak I’m saying if they lose Hank which is likely they should look at him.

        • Brandon Fitzpatrick

          Out of the 9 forwards currently with the Rangers 9 our either a restricted or unrestricted free agent this summer. Out of the 7 defenseman 5 are either unrestricted or restricted free agents. And then Hank. Theres your $34 million there. Can’t assume that they are going to let everyone walk there

  • BadNewsBronson

    Would definitely consider it.