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Thats true Kevin but that speaks to how valuable he is. I don't want to sound like a broken record, but as I said and backed up with examples, an elite goaltender can play at an elite level into their late 30's and win championships.
3 months ago on Lundqvist to Be Extended for 7 Years, $8+ Million Per
This goes to show that an elite goaltender can play at an elite level through their late 30's. As I've said before, I'd have no problem signing Hank to 6 year deal.
3 months ago on Nothing Going On With Callahan Extension
Sorry to repeat one of my previous posts but history doesnt support yiur assumption that Lundqvist's play will decline:
Patrick Roy - 2001 age 36 wins cup and conn smythe with Avs. Dominik Hasek - 2002 age 37 wins cup with Redwings going 16-7 with six shutouts and a 1.86 goals-against average!Tim Thomas didn't make the NHL till he was 28 and didn't solidify his position as the Bruins starter till he was 32. He won the Vezina twice, once at age 35 and again at age 37 when he won the Stanley cup and the conn smythe.
According to the votes of the NHL GM's Hank has been one of the top 3 goaltenders for 5 out of the 8 years he's played in the league.
Say my name, that was in response to my post and I stand by everything I said. The only way we should trade Hank is if there's no chance of getting a deal done. As I previously stated, I understand your line of thought but don't agree. "The team can't possibly improve with $8MM committed to the King over the next 6-8 years." So if we lock up Hank, there's no chance we can improve the team around him?? Sorry but I don't agree at all. We have some expiring contracts coming up this season, good prospects and other players to trade away but not Hank. Not unless he is going to walk in free agency. As for the age thing, I think I've already made my point on that issue. Lundqvist is not over the hill for a goaltender.
Ha that's great! but would not stand up in court.
I don't agree that he is past his prime. See my other post with some of the best goalies who've won accolades and cups in their 30s. Lundqvist is a very valuable veteran goaltender with good years still ahead of him. I would have absolutely no problem with signing Hank for another 6 years until he's 38.
No I get it and that's fine. I may not agree but can at least understand the thought process. What I can't stand for though, are the few posters who have tried to diminish how good a competitor, goalie and athlete Lundqvist actually is. I sit in section 114 (now 113) corner behind the goal and I remember how much the Rangers sucked in 2005 but I remember watching Hank when he was this no name goalie and at a time that watching the team play was almost unbearable I remember watching him and being entertained and amazed before anyone really knew who he was in this league. So I hate when people are unwilling to acknowledge how good he is and has been for us.
3 months ago on Jets 5, Rangers 2
On another note, aside from his goal last night, Callahan has not been good and there's no denying that.
As for Hanks age and the thinking that his best years are behind him, I don't agree:
Patrick Roy - 2001 age 36 wins cup and conn smythe with Avs.
Dominik Hasek - 2002 age 37 wins cup with Redwings going 16-7 with six shutouts and a 1.86 goals-against average!
Tim Thomas didn't make the NHL till he was 28 and didn't solidify his position as the Bruins starter till he was 32. He won the Vezina twice, once at age 35 and again at age 37 when he won the Stanley cup and the conn smythe.
Now, for all of you wanting to run Hank out of town, pleae finally shut up and go away! AV is an idiot. I wouldn't mind running him out of town right now. I can't stand all of the bullshit already. I don't think I've seen anyone question the fact that Hank's been the most consistent goalie in the NHL since entering the league in 2005. All of the hockey writers agree with that fact and its ubdeniable. He's been nominated for the vezina 5 times. Having said all of that, the only way he gets traded is if the Rangers just can't get the deal done with him and I'm not saying they should give him everything he wants but everyone who's so willing and even eager to part with him so quickly in anticipation of what he will bring back - needs to go away and shut up at this point. Hank has been the whole fucken team and the Rangers had no business even making the playoffs without him.
Gravey94 Thank you for being a voice of reason. The rest of you people have all lost your minds.
3 months ago on Lundqvist Contract Talks Have Not Progressed
Here you go again. You are an idiot. Go away.
3 months, 1 week ago on Does AV Want to Play Torts Hockey?
Thank you Kevin for accurately pointing out that the customers drive the market value of the tickets and not greed.
3 months, 1 week ago on Rangers Are 2nd Most Valuable Team in NHL
Still can't win games with zero goals
3 months, 1 week ago on Lightning 5, Rangers 0
Now you can say Hank had a bad game! I've been one of his staunchest supporters on this blog and still will be but I have to admit, he obviously had a tough night but anyone that's ready to run him out of town and create " a goalie controversy" is just plain stupid.
Go watch golf or something you idiot. Like I've said many times on here, Hank has been the Rangers best player and the most consistent goaltender in the NHL since entering the league.
3 months, 2 weeks ago on Rangers 3, Stars 2
In all seriousness, without Hank this team would have have missed the playoffs every year since 2005. Since he entered the league, he's 1,000% been the most consistent Ranger and I think I could probably say he's been the most consistent goalie in the NHL.
What do you mean, you guys can't fault Hank for last nights performance? Hello, he let in 2 goals! He's gotta react to those double deflections in front and do a better job of tracking the puck.