NHL notes: Lundqvist agrees to seven-year, $59.5 million deal with Rangers

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist deflects the puck during NHL action against the Los...

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist deflects the puck during NHL action against the Los Angeles Kings at Madison Square Garden. (Anthony Gruppuso/USA TODAY Sports)

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Looks like King Henrik will rule in the Big Apple for another seven years.

Lundqvist has agreed to a seven-year, $59.5 million contract extension with the New York Rangers, taking the 31-year-old Swede off the free agent market next summer.

The deal works out to an average annual value of $8.5 million, making him the league's highest-paid goaltender. It also includes a full no-trade clause, according to ESPN.

"Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL," Rangers general manager Glen Sather said. "He is a proud representative of the tradition and class of this organization and we are excited to have him remain as a cornerstone of the franchise.

Lundqvist is 8-11-0 with a 2.51 goals-against average and .917 save percentage this season. In 531 NHL games, Lundqvist has gone 284-182-57 with a 2.26 GAA and won the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goalie in 2011-12.

He is in the final year of a six-year, $41.25 million contract and would have become an unrestricted free agent in the off-season.

BOBROVSKY TO THE IR

The Columbus Blue Jackets will be without their Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender for about a month.

An MRI has revealed Sergei Bobrovsky sustained a groin strain Tuesday night, the team announced Wednesday. The 25-year-old netminder has been placed on injured reserve with an expected return 4-5 weeks away.

Bobrovsky is 10-11-2 so far this season with a .909 save percentage -- a far cry from an excellent showing as the NHL's top goalie in 2012-13.

The Blue Jackets, as a whole, have struggled. They sit seventh in the Metropolitan Division with 25 points through 28 games.

In response to the bad news, the team has called up goaltender Mike McKenna, while forward Michael Chaput has been sent down to the team’s AHL affiliate in Springfield.

DEVILS 'OVERPLAYING' JAGR

New Jersey Devils coach Peter DeBoer would like to see Jaromir Jagr spend more time on the bench.

Yet, it's not Jagr's fault.

"I didn’t expect he’d be able to take the kind of workload we’ve given him so far," DeBoer told NorthJersey.com. "Frankly, in my mind we’re playing him too much. We’re overplaying him and a few other forwards partly because of depth and injuries and we need some secondary guys to step up and help some of those guys out."

Jagr has recorded 11 goals and 22 points through 28 games in which he's averaged 18:43 in ice time. Over the past two Devils games, however, Jagr's ice time has spiked, with the Czech superstar playing more than 22 minutes.

DeBoer said he is factoring in the future Hall of Famer's jam-packed year as another reason to lighten his workload.

"I don’t look at him as an age number," he said of the 41-year-old. "I look at the fact that this is an Olympic year, he’s probably a guy that’s going to go to the Olympics, we’re in a condensed schedule. The minutes have just been a little bit high, that’s all."

ATTENDANCE WOES IN SUNRISE

The citizens of south Florida didn't exactly come out in droves to witness their Florida Panthers battle the Ottawa Senators at the BB&T Center Tuesday night.

The official attendance number -- 10,074 -- was the lowest for a Panthers home game since Oct. 31, 2008, according to the Miami Herald. For that 2008 game versus the Carolina Hurricanes, the club managed to draw only 10,063.

The Cats, currently seventh in the eight-team Atlantic Division with a 7-16-5 record, have averaged 14,110 fans through its turnstiles this year. That ranks 27th in the league ahead of only the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Islanders and Phoenix Coyotes.

Florida made the Stanley Cup final in 1996 but have only been back to the playoffs three times since.

BRIEFLY

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Alex Edler, who was hurt in Tuesday's game versus the Nashville Predators, is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, according to coach John Tortorella. The Canucks signed 2013 NHL draft pick Cole Cassels to a three-year entry-level contract Wednesday. Cassels is the son of former Canuck Andrew Cassels ... The Chicago Blackhawks called up forward Jeremy Morin and Joakim Nordstrom Wednesday. The team also sent forward Brandon Pirri to its AHL affiliate in Rockford ... Florida Panthers rookie forward Aleksander Barkov will not be released by the club to participate in the 2014 World Junior Hockey Championship. Panthers general manager Dale Tallon told the Miami Herald that Barkov has outgrown the junior game and will stay with Florida all year.


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