Rangers sign Lundqvist to new contract
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed goaltender Henrik Lundqvist to a contract extension.
On Jan. 16 vs. Buffalo, he turned aside 23 shots in a 2-1 win to record his third consecutive 20-win season. In addition, Lundqvist became the first Ranger to post seven shutouts in a season since Ed Giacomin (1970-71) when he shutout Atlanta in a 4-0 win at Madison Square Garden on January 22. He was awarded Second Star honors by the NHL for the week ending November 4, posting a 3-0-0 record, 0.65 goals against average, .976 save percentage and one shutout during the span.
Now in his third NHL season, the two-time Vezina Trophy finalist has appeared in 173 career NHL games, posting a record of 91-55-22, along with a 2.32 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and 14 shutouts. Lundqvist ranks among the league leaders in several goaltending categories since his rookie season in 2005-06, including wins (6th), goals against average (2nd), save percentage (T-5th), and shutouts (T-6th). He has earned 30 or more wins in each of his first two NHL seasons, becoming only the second goalie in franchise history to win 30 games in back-to-back seasons (Ed Giacomin did it four straight years, 1966-67 through 1969-70).
The 6-foot-1, 195-pounder has also appeared in 13 career playoff contests with the Rangers, posting a record of 6-7, along with a 2.58 goals against average, a .905 save percentage and one shutout. He appeared in 10 games during the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoffs, registering a 6-4 record, a 2.07 goals against average, a .924 save percentage and one shutout.
He ranked fifth in post-season goals against average and tied for fifth in save percentage. Lundqvist has also appeared in several international tournaments for Sweden over the course of his career. In 2006, he captured a Gold Medal at the Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy, posting a 5-1 record along with a 2.33 goals against average and a .907 save percentage.
The Are, Sweden native was originally the Rangers seventh round selection, 205th overall, in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.