The one-year deal is worth $4.25 million, which is higher than previously reported.
All of that goes against the cap, although the Rangers right now are still under, and will likely shed Darius Kasparaitis’ $3 million-plus by the start of the season.
Either way, the Rangers can re-sign Lundqvist to a long-term deal after Jan. 1 that won’t affect their cap situation this year. Count on that happening.
Don’t be surprised if this also expedites things with Sean Avery and Marcel Hossa, although given the girth of Lundqvist’s deal, the team isn’t giving itself that much room to maneuver.
Meanwhile, the full schedule comes out later, but the “Miami Herald is reporting”:http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/hockey/story/166827.html the Rangers will open at home against the Panthers on Oct. 4.
That’s a Thursday night, so you’ll have to DVR “The Office,” or my favorite show, “30 Rock”.