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Happy Humpday, Wednesday, 23 July 2014.
Per NHL.com, Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers agreed to two-year contract worth under $5 million. For the upcoming season, he will earn $2.35 million. Kreider will then earn $2.6 million for his second year. Coming off a great season thus far for the young star, Kreider played in 66 games last year, accumulating 37 points with 17 goals. His career with the New York Rangers has been eye-opening and gave fans a reason to look towards the future and look inside the organization.
Earlier this week, another New York Rangers forward was locked up for another year. Fan favorite, Mats Zuccarello, agreed to a one-year contract worth $3.5. Like Chris Kreider, Zuccarello is coming off his best season as a Ranger. Last season, he led the team in scoring with 59 points. He set career highs in goals (19) and assists (40). During the 2013-2014 playoffs, he played in 25 games, accumulating 13 points and five goals. With his playmaking ability and bigger than life attitude, it’s easy to see why fans flock to him. Prepare yourselves, another year of the “ZUUUUUUCCCC” chants will be upon us!
Other restricted free agents left unsigned are center Derick Brassard and defenseman John Moore. According to capgeek.com, the New York Rangers have $6.3 million in cap space left. However, just like with Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello, negotiations are ongoing and arbitration can still be avoided.
In non-Ranger news, a highly sought after player agreed to stay with his original team on Wednesday. Center Ryan O’Reilly and the Colorado Avalanche agreed to a two-year contract with an undisclosed amount. However, TSN insider Darren Dreger reports that the deal is worth $12 million. O’Reilly would earn $5.8 million this season and $6.2 million the following season. O’Reilly is coming off his best year as a Avalanche, setting personal bests in points (64) and goals (28). Also, he was the recepitient of the Lady Byng trophy, an award given to the player for their “sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability.”
And that’s the buzz-worthy news for today.
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