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August 20, 2013 | 10:02am ET
Lundqvist wants a long-term deal with Rangers
TheFourthPeriod.com

Henrik Lundqvist isn't worried about heading into the 2013-14 season with one-year left on his contract, but he'd certainly be open to a long-term extension with the Rangers.

Lundqvist and the Rangers have just started contract discussions, and it's unclear if they'll carry out during the regular-season.

"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," Lundqvist told the New York Post. "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, 31, signed a six-year, $41.25 million contract in February 2008, and the Post suggests he could up between $8.25 and $9.5 million on an eight-year max contract.

"Ideally, of course it would be nice to have everything in place by the time the season starts [on Oct. 3], but at the same time, it's not a must," Lundqvist said. "My agent [Don Meehan] is going to be handling it all until I have to be involved at the end, so I am going to be able to focus mentally on playing without the contract being a distraction.

"We're having a dialogue to come up with the best solution for both sides. If it's not done at the end of training camp, I'll see where we are and then I will make a decision about talking after the season starts. But I will not talk publicly about my contract during the season."

Lundqvist is eager to hit the ice and get the season started. Teams report to training camp on Sept. 11, and the Rangers' first practice is Sept. 12.


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