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June 19, 2013 | 12:40pm ET
Lundqvist hopes to stay long-term

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist isn't sure when contract talks with the club will begin, but when they do, he's hopeful something gets ironed out.

Lundqvist, 31, has one-year left on his current contract and can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

"I hope we can work something out when it is time to do so," he told the New York Post via email.

The star netminder had been the subject of much speculation when the Rangers' season ended, voicing his frustration and concern with their early playoff exit.

Check out Henrik Lunqdvist on the cover of Hockey's Lifestyle Magazine.

It had been reported that Lundqvist was also a reason for head coach John Tortorella's dismissal, but he denied that to the Post.

"I know there is some speculation regarding Torts being fired, but let's be clear on one thing," he said. "It's not my call who the coach should be for the New York Rangers.

"I would never put pressure on the management on decisions like that. I'm just a player. My focus is to play the game and do the best I can on the ice. Whatever [happens] off the ice, I leave to our great staff we have working for this club.

"It has no impact for me on who the coach is when it comes to my contract. I love everything about the New York Rangers. I love the fans. I love the organization."

It's believed Lundqvist could commend around more than $7 million, per year, on a new multi-term contract.

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