As sands through the hourglass so are the days of Henrik Lundqvist’s life until the Rangers’ franchise goaltender can become a free agent on July 1 2014.

Yet hitting the open market is the furthest thing from the King’s mind as he prepares for his ninth season on Broadway. The objective as Lundqvist told The Post Monday is to sign a long-term extension that will keep one of pro sports’ best dressed men wearing the Blueshirt into the next decade.

“If we can find a solution it’s no secret that this is where I want to be; I’m not thinking about free agency at all” said Lundqvist who hit the ice with a half-dozen teammates after returning to New York from Sweden on Sunday. “The way the organization has treated me the way that our team has played over the last few years the way I feel about New York City this is definitely the place I want to be.

“But we do have a few things we have to talk about.”

Lundqvist who will turn 32 in early March characterized the talks between his camp and management as in “the early stages.” The fact is that there has been little if any bargaining between the parties. The goaltender is entering the final season of the six-year $41.25 million contract he signed in February of 2008.

His current $6.875 million cap hit is third among NHL goaltenders behind Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Boston’s Tuukka Rask both of whom are in at $7 million per. Lundqvist is 24th in the league in average salary and second on the Rangers behind Rick Nash’s $7.8 million per. It is likely that the King will earn between $8.25 and $9.5 million on an eight-year max contract.

But in order to reach an agreement the parties will have to do some actual negotiating. Lundqvist said that he will decide at the end of training camp whether to allow talks to continue during the season.