New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has agreed to a seven-year $59.5 million contract extension with the team.  He was set to be a free-agent at the end of the current season.

The deal gives the 2012 Vezina Trophy winner a chance to be a career New York Rangers player.  He will make $8.5 million per season.

Lundqvist has a 284-182-57 career record with a 2.26 goals against average, .920 save percentage and 47 shutouts.  He was a seventh-round draft pick of the Rangers in 2000 and he made his NHL debut in 2005.  Lundqvist will be 39 at the end of his contract.

"Since his arrival in New York in 2005, Henrik has consistently been one of the elite goaltenders in the NHL," said Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather in a statement. "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."

"Two things were real clear to me," Lundqvist said to reporters at a press conference on Wednesday. "No. 1 was I really want to win a (Stanley) Cup here. ... Secondly, I want to be a Ranger for life. That was a big thing that became really clear to me."

[AP]