Prioritizing the future over the present isn’t only about making moves leading into the trade deadline. It means protecting the contract status of 2017 first-round draft selections Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil, as well. “We are not going to burn the first year off any contracts,” general manager Jeff Gorton told The Post following practice Friday. An entry level contract slides when a player plays fewer than 10 NHL games. In effect, a slide delays arbitration rights and free agent eligibility by a year. The 19-year-old Andersson and 18-year-old Chytil are each on three-year deals in their respective first seasons in North America. Andersson, who started the season in the Swedish league with Frolunda and was assigned to the AHL Wolf Pack following the world junior tournament, has not yet made his NHL debut. Chytil played the first two games of the season with the Rangers before his assignment to Hartford. Thus, Andersson, who was the No. 7 pick in the 2017 draft, has recorded eight points (2-6) in 10 AHL games, could play nine matches for the Rangers upon a post-deadline recall without affecting the status of his contract. Chytil, who was the 21st pick, has posted 11 points (5-6) in his past nine games and 26 (9-17) in 31 matches overall, could play up to seven games if recalled by the Blueshirts. Gorton said that he will monitor the AHL standings while deciding whether to promote either or both of the centers. The Wolf Pack are in a four-way battle with Bridgeport, Charlotte and Providence for the final two divisional playoff spots.
Rangers GM: We won't burn 1st year off any contracts
New York Post | Feb 16