Early Sunday morning, as per Larry Brooks, the New York Rangers were closing in on an extension for their star center Mika Zibanejad. By mid-morning, the Rangers confirmed the reports, announcing a deal. He wrote, “BREAKING: Rangers, Zibanejad agree on an extension, Post has learned, eight years in the range of $8.5M per… A year or two more than NYR would have preferred, but allows the AAV to be workable…Should put a damper on Eichel talk.”
Related: Alexandar Georgiev Denies Asking for Trade from Rangers
Zibanejad posted a video on social media and said, “Hi Rangers fans. I’m super super excited to be here for another eight years. Can’t believe it and I can’t wait to see you guys at the Garden soon. Let’s get this season started.”
There was a bit of chatter that perhaps the Rangers were looking at replacing Zibanejad with Jack Eichel. It might not have been an immediate move, but there was some doubt the Rangers would want to commit this many dollars and terms to a player that has performed well for them, but may or may not be a franchise pivot. In the end, the Rangers and decided to stick with what they know.
Rangers general manager Chris Drury said of the extension, “Since joining the team in 2016, Mika has emerged as one of the premier players in the NHL.” He adds, “In addition to being a great player on the ice, Mika is an exemplary person off of the ice. We are fortunate to have him as part of our Rangers organization and are excited that he will continue his career in New York.”
He is a top-line scoring center who plays in multiple situations. He’s considered a good two-way player but there are going to be questions about signing him to this number until he’s 37 years old. Some will argue that the cap hit is lower than expected considering what he might have earned on the open market. He should be considered a value for the first few seasons of the deal. The later years, as with any long-term contract, will be the real challenge.
Next: Sabres and Interested Teams Agree to Eichel Trade Condition
NHL News/ 3 hours ago
Three Takeaways from Maple Leafs’ 5-2 Win Over Hurricanes
Last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Carolina Hurricanes by a score of...
NHL News/ 14 hours ago
Oilers News and Notes: Hyman, Kulak, McLeod, Foegele
News and notes surrounding the Edmonton Oilers as they get set for a Saturday...
NHL News/ 2 days ago
Insider Talks Why Miller Trade Fell Apart, If Canucks Will Try Again
There was chatter just ahead of the trade deadline that the Canucks might try...
NHL News/ 7 days ago
Capitals Sign Trevor van Riemsdyk to a 3-Year Contract Extension
The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to a three-year contract extension.
NHL News/ 1 week ago
Chuck Fletcher Fired by Flyers, Daniel Briere Takes Over
Chuck Fletcher has been fired as the Philadelphia Flyers GM and President, with Daniel...
NHL News/ 1 week ago
Oilers Looked at Chychrun and Gudas Before Pivoting to Ekholm
The Edmonton Oilers had a number of hooks in the water during trade deadline...
Maple Leafs Put O’Reilly on LTIR; Tavares Day-to-Day
The Toronto Maple Leafs lost not one, but two centers in a deflating loss...
Canucks Could Still Move Miller, Boeser, Myers, & Ekman-Larsson
The Vancouver Canucks could revisit the idea of trading some of the team's biggest...
James van Riemsdyk Not Traded Despite Red Wings Rumors
James van Riemsdyk was not traded despite last-minute rumors that he was going to...
Penguins Trade for Dmitry Kulikov from the Anaheim Ducks
The Pittsburgh Penguins are sending Brock McGinn and a 3rd-round pick to Anaheim Ducks...