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Henrik Lundqvist contract: Rangers goalie worried about distraction during season

Lundqvist says he'll shut down contract talks if they do.

Jared Wickerham

One of the slow-developing plot arcs of the 2013-14 NHL season may revolve around Henrik Lundqvist. Both Lundqvist and the Rangers agree that him remaining in New York is what everyone wants, yet, here we are three weeks from his final season under contract, and he remains unsigned beyond this season. There's a chance it could become a story the longer it goes on.

Lundqvist has decided that he won't let it, or at least he'll try not to. The goaltender told reporters today that if contract talks become even a little bit of a distraction during the regular season, they'll be shut down. The 31-year-old keeper is entering the final season of a six-year, $41.25 million contract signed back in 2008. He's spent his entire career with the Rangers, and he clearly wants to continue with the franchise and the city in which he's beloved.

The Swedish goaltender is coming off another excellent season. Despite a Rangers team starved for goals, he still managed to go 24-16-3 and got New York to the second round of the playoffs. He had a 2.05 goals against average and a .926 save percentage, leading to another Vezina Trophy nomination. He won the award in 2012, though he came up short to Sergei Bobrovsky last season.

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