Jimmy Vesey came back to New York this summer and he is now here to stay as the Rangers have extended their forward to a two-year contract extension worth $800,000 a year. Given the season Vesey has had so far, it is hard to say that this is a bad deal. He’s been having a good season coming back to New York in a depth role after fighting to stay in the league with the Maple Leafs, Canucks, and Devils.
Vesey has been used as a penalty killer and a depth forward during his time back in the Big Apple and he has been quite effective. With the Rangers extending this contract, there is a lot to like about it. Adding this bottom-six forward to the mix moving forward and knowing he is not just a one-season return provides the organizational depth with a little more stability knowing that Jimmy Vesey is going to be a part of it.
Vesey originally wound up in New York because he opted not to sign with the Nashville Predators coming out of college and the former Hobey Baker winner has spent the majority of his career with the Rangers. Now aged almost 30, Vesey has some stability in his future for the first time since the Rangers traded him to the Buffalo Sabres. New York picks up a good contract for a versatile piece of their depth.
So, the bottom six now has Vesey in it for the next two years on a deal that the Rangers can easily afford, one that is going to make it easier to add to that bottom six with the cap increase because this is roughly the same deal the player is already on. Time will tell how much this deal helps the Rangers, but even if Vesey regresses extremely, this deal is completely buriable in the minors. It’s a nice piece of work by Chris Drury.