Well, when we touched upon the prospect of further RFA signings in this morning’s post regarding the Michael Sauer re-signing, we didn’t quite think it would be so soon.
Artem Anisimov has joined Sauer as the second RFA to put pen to paper today, agreeing to as-yet unknown terms this afternoon. As the only one of five RFA’s not to be eligible for salary arbitration this summer, Anisimov is an important re-signing given he remained vulnerable to an offer sheet from another team.
Anisimov enjoyed a strong season in 2010/11, posting 18 goals and 44 points while playing largely between fellow RFA’s Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan. Judging by today’s pace, expect those re-signings within the next few hours (!).
As mentioned before the jump, getting Anisimov re-signed and locked down as quickly as possible was extremely important as it gets him off the market and away from the possibilities of an offer sheet. With so many teams pushing to reach the cap floor, it wouldn’t have been out of the realm of possibility to expect one either. Anisimov has continued to grow on both sides of the puck over the past couple of seasons, and though as Ranger fans we’ve sometimes been all too quick to underrate his importance, there’s no denying how much of a relief it is to have him locked up again. Terms are at this point unknown, though it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect a multi-year deal in the region of $1.6-2m per year.
A productive day continues…
UPDATE – Andrew Gross confirms Anisimov’s figures as two years, $1.875m per season.
Anisimov’s contract for $1.875 per season. Two-year deal.