Lundqvist Extension Will be Worth it for Blueshirts
Some will say that long-term extension for NHL goaltenders never work out while others will question his increasing age and point out that he has yet to win a Stanley Cup. While these are all relevant points, one can also easily say that the contract will be more than worth it for the Rangers.
For starters, the "King" has been one of the most consistent goaltenders in the league since his rookie season in 2005-06. He consistently wins at least 30 games, usually finds himself at the top of the goaltending statistics leaderboard and more often than not, is the team's best player on a nightly basis.
Secondly, Lundqvist has given his team an opportunity to win a hockey game night in and night out. There have been many occasions where the team has been outplayed and yet, because they have Lundqvist, find a way to either stay competitive or win the game thanks to the play of Lundqvist.
When it comes to the success of the franchise since the 2004-05 lockout, much of it is due to their Swedish goaltender. Prior to Lundqvist, the Rangers got inconsistent netminding from the likes of Mike Dunham, Dan Blackburn, and Jussi Markkanen before inserting Lundqvist in the 2005-06 season, which is exactly when things changed for the franchise.
Lastly, it is easy to say that Lundqvist is the face of the Rangers. Since joining the league, fans have bought his jerseys and other paraphernalia, have gone to watch him play in various NHL arenas, have donated to his charities and have lived and breathe Lundqvist's play and attitude on a daily basis.
Lundqvist may be getting older but with him between the pipes, the Rangers will always be considered a relevant NHL franchise and one that will always be a threat to win. When it comes down to it, that is all that matters.