Less than 48 hours after the Rangers made their exit from the playoffs -- bounced after a 3-1 loss in Game 5 to the Bruins on Saturday -- the Rangers were saddled with the familiar emotions that come with the end of a disappointing season. Frustration, regret, and bewilderment, all directed at a summer that has arrived far too soon. Even goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, long considered the backbone of the team, seemed hesitant to look ahead just yet. Still processing the gnawing pangs of defeat, Lundqvist didn’t exactly vow his commitment to the team long term. The reigning Vezina Trophy winner, who is set to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, offered little more than a tepid "we’ll see" when asked about a potential contract extension. "I’m going to talk to my agent and we’ll see," Lundqvist said. "I had such a great time here in New York. From day one, they treated me really well and [have] given me an opportunity to play a lot of hockey, so it’s been a lot of fun. I have one more year on the contract, but I’m just focused right now on trying to get over this year." The Rangers can’t officially sign Lundqvist to a contract extension until July, but locking him up to a long-term deal has to be one of the team's most pressing priorities. "We’ll see," Lundqvist said. "I’ll talk to my agent and we’ll take it from there." If there is a greater concern for the Rangers than the team’s underwhelming 2012-13 season, it should be Lundqvist’s lukewarm response to his future with the organization. The Rangers will surely be willing to pay him, fittingly, a king’s ransom. But more important than money, they must also show a willingness to build a great team around him.
Lundqvist noncommittal on long-term deal
ESPN | May 29