The Rangers capped off a busy day – and busy ten days – of signings and transactions, announcing Friday afternoon that they had re-signed restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes. The terms of the new deal are reportedly for two years, at $2.6 million per season.
Earlier in the day Friday, the Blueshirts agreed to terms with restricted free agent Chris Kreider in a four-year deal.
The Hayes deal meant that the team had successfully re-signed all four of its restricted free agents, avoiding arbitration with those players; J.T. Miller and Dylan McIlrath signed deals last week.
The four deals, along with Monday’s trade that sent Derick Brassard to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad, leaves the Rangers with about $3 million in cap room.
Hayes had 14 goals and 22 assists in 79 games for the Rangers in 2015-16.
The Rangers announced Friday morning that they had signed restricted free agent winger Chris Kreider to a new contract. Terms were not immediately announced by the Blueshirts, but are rumored to be in the 4-yrs, $4.625 million/season range.
Kevin Hayes is now the team’s only un-signed restricted free agent. In the past ten days, the Rangers have re-signed restricted free agents J.T. Miller and Dylan McIlrath, and, on Monday, the Blueshirts traded Derick Brassard and a draft pick to Ottawa for center Mika Zibanejad and a pick.
Kreider played 79 games for the Blueshirts in 2015-16, scoring 21 goals and adding 22 assists. The 21 goals matched his career high, set in 2014-15.
The Rangers traded popular forward Derick Brassard – the team’s top goal scorer in 2015-16 – and an 7th Round pick in 2018 to the Ottawa Senators Monday, in exchange for forward Mika Jibanejad and Ottawa’s 2nd Round pick in 2018. The trade clears more than $2 million in cap space for the Rangers.
Jibanejad scored 21 goals and 30 assists in 81 games for Ottawa in 2015-16; both were career highs. He also scored seven game-winning goals. The 23-year-old from Sweden was the 6th overall pick in the 2011 Draft. He has one year left on his contract, at a salary of $2.625 million.
The 28-year-old Brassard scored 27 goals and 31 assists in 80 games for the Blueshirts in 2015-16; the 27 goals are his career high. After being drafted by the Blue Jackets in 2006, he was acquired by the Rangers in 2012-13, and played three full seasons with the team.
Brassard has three years remaining on a deal that pays him $5 million a season.
The Rangers announced Friday that they had signed a new deal with unrestricted free agent defenseman Dylan McIlrath. The 24-year-old played 34 games for the Blueshirts in 2015-16, scoring two goals and two assists. Despite appearing in only those 34 games, he was 2nd on the team in penalty minutes, with 64 [Tanner Glass had 66 penalty minutes in 57 games].
Still on New York’s To-Do List: the team still has two more unrestricted free agents that they are hoping to re-sign: wingers Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes.
In other signing news, the Blueshirts announced they had signed free agent forward Josh Jooris to a deal. Jooris played 59 games for the Calgary Flames in 2015-16, scoring 4 goals and 9 assists.
The Rangers re-signed restricted free agent forward J.T. Miller today; the terms were not revealed, but it is said to be a two-year deal at $2.625 million a season.
Miller played all 82 games for the Blueshirts in 2015-16, scoring 22 goals, 21 assists, and 43 points. All three stats were career-highs for the 23-year-old Miller.
The team still has three other restricted free agents: Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, and Dylan McIlrath.