Henrik Lundqvist stays with Rangers

Lundqvist, whose play has dipped this season, maintained that he was able to put the contract talks behind him once the preseason was over, but he sounded relieved to have the situation finally resolved.

Once the season began -- the last of his six-year, $41.25 million deal -- he did his best to shut down questions about his contract.

"Going into training camp, it was definitely there. I wanted to get it done," Lundqvist said. "After it didn't get done, I think for a couple days, yeah, it was on my mind, but then I let it go. It hasn't been a factor for me the past month or so."

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault believes the news will bring some peace of mind for Lundqvist.

"You can tell today, I think this was a relief for Hank to finally know for sure that he's going to be a New York Ranger for the rest of his career," Vigneault said. "I think this is going to be very positive for our whole team."

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