The Rangers signed Kevin Hayes to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million ($2.6M AAV).
Hayes, 24, had an excellent rookie season and was among the breakout candidates heading into 2015-16, but he struggled for the majority of the year. He scored 14 goals with 22 assists, falling short of his 17-goal, 28-assist rookie campaign. Heading into 2016-17, Hayes remains an intriguing sleeper option given his great size and skill, but he will need to find a way to break into the Rangers’ top-6 if he’s going to have huge impact.
The Rangers signed Chris Kreider to a four-year contract worth $18.5 million ($4.625M AAV).
Kreider, 25, posted a career-high 46 points (21G / 25A) in 2014-15 and followed it up with a nearly identical season in 2016-16, posting 21 goals and 22 assists (43 points) in 79 games. Kreider will once again skate in the Rangers’ top-6 this season, with either Derek Stepan and Mika Zibanejad in the middle. Kreider could be in for a breakout season, which includes his first 25-goal, 50-point season.
The Rangers signed Josh Jooris to a one-year contract worth $975K on July 15th.
Jooris, 26, spent the first two years of his NHL career with the Flames, scoring 16 goals with 21 assists (37 points) in a combined 119 games. He heads to New York where he will likely land a bottom-6 role in training camp.
The Rangers re-signed Dylan McIlrath to a one-year deal worth $800K on July 15th.
McIlrath, 24, had two goals and two assists in 34 regular season games and appeared in one playoff game last year. With Dan Boyle moving on from New York, McIlrath will likely have a full-time spot on the Rangers’ blueline this season.
The Rangers signed J.T. Miller to a two-year extension on July 13th.
Miller, 23, was the 15th overall pick in 2011 and his breakout season was long awaited. Miller finally broke through in 2015-16 after posting just 33 points (15G / 18A) in 114 games over his first three seasons. Miller scored 22 goals with 21 assists (43 points) last season and figures to take steps forward as a member of the Rangers’ top-6 in 2016-17.
The Rangers signed Nicklas Jensen to a one-year deal.
Jensen was acquired in the deal that sent Emerson Etem to Vancouver, and he spent the entire year in the AHL. Jensen had 15 goals and 10 assists (25 points) in 41 games with Hartford, to go along with the 12 points (4G / 8A) he had with Utica before the trade. The 2011 first round pick (29th overall) will look to make the Rangers out of training camp this fall.
The Rangers signed Nathan Gerbe to a one-year contract worth $600K.
Grebe, 28, had a terrible 2015-16 season that was hampered by injuries. He appeared in just 47 games and scored just three times with four assists. Despite the off-year, the Rangers still came calling and he will look to crack their bottom-6 in training camp.
The Rangers have signed Michael Grabner to a two-year contract worth $3.2 million ($1.6M AAV).
Grabner, 28, is a former 30-goal scorer (34 in 2010-11) but has struggled for the last four seasons, especially in Toronto in 2015-16, where he tallied 18 points (9G / 9A) in 80 games. The Rangers top-6 is pretty much set in stone, so Grabner will bring some speed to their bottom-6 as he hopes to regain his scoring touch.
The Rangers have signed Adam Clendening to a one-year deal worth $600K.
Clendening, 23, split his time between the Penguins and Oilers organizations last year. He had one goal and six assists in 29 NHL games and three assists in six games with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL). He was signed to add some organizational depth to the Rangers blueline. He’ll be given a chance to crack the opening night roster in training camp, but will likely start in the AHL.