May 3, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Mika Zibanejad # 93 of the New York Rangers celebrates his powerplay goal at. 2:30 in the second period against Vitek Vanecek # 41 in the Washington Capitals at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett / POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Rangers have agreed with # 1 center Mika Zibanejad on an 8-year extension with an AAV of $ 8.5 million per game. Larry Brooks.
Financial terms were not disclosed by Rangers for Zibanejad, who led the team in goals (24) and match-winning goals (seven) last season. The 28-year-old Swede also had 26 assists to finish with 50 points.
“I’m super, super excited to be here for another 8 years,” Zibanejad said in a video. “I can not believe it and I can not wait to see you in the garden soon. Let’s start this season. ”
Rangers acquired Zibanejad and a second round of the 2018 NHL draft from the Ottawa Senators on July 18, 2016. The Senators received teammate Derick Brassard and a seventh round of the 2018 draft in the trade.
“Since joining the team in 2016, Mika has emerged as one of the leading players in the NHL,” Rangers president and general manager Chris Drury said in a statement. “Apart from being a fantastic player on the ice, Mika is an exemplary person away from the ice. We are so fortunate to have him as part of our Rangers organization and are excited that he will continue his career in New York. ”
Zibanejad has recorded 434 points (200 goals, 234 assists) in 604 career games with the Senators (2011-16) and Rangers. He was selected by Ottawa with the sixth overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft.
Rangers effectively out of Jack Eichel trade negotiations
Up until this signing, Forever Blueshirts had learned through a well-placed source that Rangers would be in Jack Eichel trade discussions until Mika signed an extension.
Basically, Rangers’ interest in Eichel was an unspoken bargaining chip that Chris Drury had in his back pocket. The conclusion is that Eichel was a Plan B if Zibanejad was not willing to get a little down on his prayers. New York did, of course, by giving Mika the 8th year as security.
Drury will face some cap issues next season with both Adam Fox and Kaapo Kakko coming from entry-level offers. Vitali Kravtsov and Sammy Blais will also be signed again, with Alexis Lafrenières and K’Andre Miller’s ELC up after the season.
Having both Eichel and Zibanejad on the books would have strained their cap situation and likely open them up to an offer sheet.
In an earlier report, the same person told me that Fox’s next deal was going to be around $ 9 million. That probably means more Rangers could be relocated or seek new homes next season. Alexandar Georgiev and Ryan Strome are at the top of the list.
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– Field Level Media contributed to this report