I'm very surprised that the Rangers have yet to lock down Henrik Lundqvist. I guess they need to know where Stepan comes in first, but still, I'm surprised.
What's more intriguing is that Sather said at least 5-6 weeks ago that he'd started negotiations with Lundqvist to lock him up this offseason. At the time, I wondered why the hell Lundqvist or his agent would sign a contract this offseason. He's clearly going to be one of the highest paid UFAs next year, whether he stays in New York or not. Signing a contract this early might mean he left some money on the table, it's common sense. The more time that passes by, the more I'm thinking his agent thinks the same thing.
If he knows he 100% wants to stay in NY, he CAN re-sign in NY, AND get the most money possible, WHILE forcing Sather's card at UFA. We know Sather's gonna throw anything at him if he pushes things past that point.
Right now, that is a much better FA class than what was available this year. It is likely to change significantly as players are resigned before 7/1/14, but there may be some options for the Devils to be a player in the next FA class as well.
With the cap going up next year, I'm not sure if we'll be players. I can see a bunch of teams sighing from the relief of the cap upgrade and splurging on some of those high end players. Not sure we can compete with the ridiculous offers I foresee being thrown out next year. Unless it follows the supply and demand curve, which is always possible.
Edited by DJ Eco, 23 July 2013 - 02:28 PM.