Lundqvist camp, Rangers to talk contract

June, 26, 2013
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Sunday's whirlwind draft, reduced to one day because of the lockout-shortened season, will be a busy day for the Rangers.

Though New York does not have a pick until the third round, GM Glen Sather has plenty of other important business to attend to, including locking up franchise goaltender Henrik Lundqvist.

Talks for a long-term extension for the former Vezina Trophy winner have not yet begun, though the two sides are expected to begin contract discussions this weekend.

"I will be speaking with Glen Sather at the Draft concerning an agenda for Henrik's status," Lundqvist's agent Don Meehan told ESPNNewYork.com via email on Wednesday.

Lundqvist cannot even officially ink an extension until July -- the 31-year-old netminder won't become an unrestricted free agent next summer -- though Lundqvist's camp, Newport Sports, and Sather can forge the parameters of an agreement beforehand.

The Rangers also have three other key restricted free agents to sign this summer in forwards Derek Stepan, Carl Hagelin and defenseman Ryan McDonagh.

Reps for all three have confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com that discussions have commenced, though those talks have yet to progress beyond preliminary discussions.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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