The New York Rangers have made a lot of moves this summer. A new front office and head coach were put in place in May and June respectively.
They then went out and revamped their lineup to add toughness and glue guys that have defined roles on the bottom six.
Now they look to start locking up star players like #1 center Mika Zibanejad.
NHL Rumors: Rangers and Zibanejad working on longterm deal
“Individuals familiar with the situation have indicated that the parties share the mutual objective of getting something done and are earnest in trying to reach that end,” Larry Brooks wrote in his Rangers Insider now part of POST SPORTS+ (subscription required).
Zibanejad, 28, earned $5.35 million on his last deal and is due for an increase. In the last two seasons he has scored 65 goals and 125 points in 113 games. That’s worth big time money, and if he hits the open market next summer he could get 7 years at $10 million per season. That’s regardless of the current flat cap situation expected to stay around $81.5 million for the next few seasons.
Although Brooks points out the Flyers 8 year deal of #1 center, Sean Couturier at $7.75 million per season could work in the Rangers favor.
Chris Drury needs to start following the lead of other teams using that 8th year to lower AAV. Giving Mika an 8 year deal despite the fact that it will take him to 37 years of age makes sense financially.