Henrik Lundqvist contract: Rangers goalie no longer involved in negotiations

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Henrik Lundqvist no longer wishes to participate in, or talk about, his on-going contract negotiations with the New York Rangers.

New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist stated on Wednesday afternoon that he will no longer participate in contract-extension talks, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.

That doesn't mean the Rangers and Lundqvist's representation will end talks, but the goaltender is uninterested in being a part of them during the 2013-14 regular season, via the New York Post:

"For me, all my focus is going to be on hockey: on the game and winning," Lundqvist said before the Blueshirts' flight to Phoenix for Thursday's season opener. "That's all I care about.

"If the Rangers and my representatives talk, that's fine, but me personally, I am not going to get involved."

Lundqvist is entering the final season of a six-year, $41.25 million contract that carries a $6.875 million annual average value against the salary cap, according to CapGeek.com. The 31-year-old goaltender is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

It's believed that the two sides are disagreeing on the term and financial compensation of an extension, as Brooks writes that Lundqvist is seeking a maximum, eight-year contract with an annual average value near $8.5 million. Lundqvist's current deal carries the third-highest annual average value in the league behind Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators and Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins, who both have contracts that carry identical $7 million cap hits.

Lundqvist is widely regarded as the league's top goaltender and is expected to be given the highest cap hit in the league with his next contract. The goaltender also stated on Wednesday that he will no longer provide comment  regarding the contract situation so he can focus on the season.

The Rangers will open against the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday night.

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