Hank is here to stay.
According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, Henrik Lundqvist has signed a 7 year extension worth $8.5M per year. This should put any doubts about who the number 1 goalie is to rest, as Hank now becomes the highest paid goalie in the NHL. The raise is a modest $1.75 million from his current contract, so the cap hit, while large, is manageable.
Lundqvist, who turns 32 in March, has a contract that will pay him $1.5 million more than the previously highest paid goalies Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask. This is also the largest contract ever given to a goalie, and will likely remain the largest contract ever given to a goalie. Hank had the rare scenario of All-World talent, a team that desperately needs him, and a team with the means necessary to keep him. Plus, no goalie will be topping $8.5 million any time soon.
This season, Lundqvist has posted a 2.51 GAA and a .917 SV%, a far cry from his career numbers of 2.26 GAA and .920 SV%. But those numbers are misleading thanks to two games in California. Hank’s November stats: 2.27 GAA and .924 SV%. Much more in line with his career numbers.
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The Hartford Wolf Pack have recalled forwards Michael St. Croix and Josh Nicholls from the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. In 10 games in the ECHL, St. Croix has a line of 2-4-6, tied for fourth on the team in scoring. Nicholls has a line of 2-2-4 in 16 games.
In a move that is probably a week late, the Rangers have sent J.T. Miller to the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack. Miller had been a healthy scratch since the 11/17 game against LA, a 1-0 loss. In his time with New York, Miller was placed on the fourth line, rarely given offensive minutes. The reason the Rangers kept him around was as an extra body in case of injury on the road trip.
With Miller’s demotion it is expected that Taylor Pyatt will be ready to return by Friday’s game in Boston. Pyatt has been out with a concussion, and Friday would be the earliest the club would need him.
The Hartford Wolf Pack made a move today to hopefully address some of their goaltending isues, recalled Jeff Malcolm from the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors and demoting Scott Stajcer to the ECHL. Malcolm has been one of the top goalies in the ECHL, posting a 1.96 GAA and a .940 SV%. Meanwhile, Stajcer has been struggling with Hartford, putting up a 2.27 GAA and a .904 SV%.
With Rick Nash’s imminent return to the Rangers line-up the team today sent Brandon Mashinter back to the Hartford WolfPack in the AHL. Mashinter appears a classic tweener, a very solid AHL’er with some NHL ability but whether with the Sharks or the Rangers, the physical winger hasn’t been able to establish himself in the NHL thus far.
Having appeared in six games for the Rangers thus far, Mashinter has averaged less than five minutes per game going scoreless along the way. For the record, Nash is close but has not committed to the line-up for the Bruins game on Tuesday. Given the return of the Rangers offensive woes (aka your boys can’t finish) Nash’s arrival in the line-up cannot happen soon enough.
The Ranges have announced that they have returned winger Michael St. Croix to the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL. St. Croix was called up to the AHL a few weeks back and did not register a point in seven contests. The once highly touted winger is still in his first pro season, but two separate demotions to the ECHL have led to many questions about St. Croix’s one-dimensional game.
A demotion (or two) to the ECHL does not spell the end of a prospect’s career (see: Thomas, Tim). However, St. Croix is going to need to round out his game in all three zone before he re-establishes himself as a legit prospect.
Goaltender Jeff Malcolm and forwards Michael Kantor and Andrew Rowe were all assigned to the ECHL’s Greenville Road Warriors yesterday by the Hartford Wolfpack. Kantor and Malcolm were assigned to make room for Jesper Fast and Jason Missiaen, who were both returned to the AHL this week. Rowe was originally recalled by the Wolfpack on October 21 from Greenville.
Per Jim Cerny, the Rangers have returned winger Jesper Fast to the Hartford Wolfpack of the AHL. Fast has been with the Rangers since camp broke, and has skated in eight games so far this season without registering a point. I noted this afternoon that Fast was used primarily as a defensive player, but still managed to drive puck possession. With his demotion, it is all but a guarantee that Carl Hagelin will return tomorrow.
The Hartford Wolfpack added a pair of defensemen today, recalling Brendon Nash from the ECHL and signing Sam Klassen to a PTO. Nash was originally sent to the ECHL three days ago when the Pack recalled Michael St. Croix.
Klassen, originally an undrafted UFA signed by the Rangers in 2009, has played 114 games for the Whale/Wolfpack over three years. The 6’2, 200-lb defenseman signed an ECHL deal with the Greenville Road Warriors (New York’s ECHL affiliate) this month.
Per Katie Strang, the Rangers have recalled goalie Jason Missiaen from the Hartford Wolfpack. Missiaen will be the backup to Cam Talbot, who is getting the start in net in Philadelphia. Henrik Lundqvist is out tonight, dealing with a “minor” issue.