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Mika Zibanejad Agrees To An Eight-Year Deal With The New York Rangers

NEW YORK, October 10, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with Mika Zibanejad on an eight-year contract extension.

“Since joining the team in 2016, Mika has emerged as one of the premier players in the NHL,” Drury said. “In addition to being a great player on the ice, Mika is an exemplary person off of the ice. We are fortunate to have him as part of our Rangers organization and are excited that he will continue his career in New York.”

Zibanejad, 28, skated in 56 games with the Rangers last season, registering 24 goals and 26 assists for 50 points, along with 18 penalty minutes. He led the Rangers in goals, game-winning goals (seven), and shots on goal (171), and ranked second on the team in points in 2020-21.

The 6-2, 200-pounder has skated in 604 career NHL games over parts of 10 seasons (2011-12 – 2020-21) with Ottawa and the Rangers, registering 200 goals and 234 assists for 434 points, along with 173 penalty minutes. Zibanejad has played five seasons with the Blueshirts (2016-17 – 2020-21), tallying 136 goals and 147 assists for 283 points in 323 games. He has skated in 31 postseason games in his NHL career, registering five goals and 14 assists for 19 points. In addition, the Stockholm, Sweden native will represent his country at the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Zibanejad was acquired by the Rangers from Ottawa on July 18, 2016. He was originally selected by the Senators in the first round, sixth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.


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Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

Mika is a very good player.  Below is another tweet from Larry Brooks:

“Panarin, Zibanejad, Kreider, Goodrow, Chytil, Trouba, Lindgren, Miller, Shesterkin (5F, 3D, 1G) will account for $51.925M of cap space next year. Fox likely to come in at least $9M per on his deal, Kakko will be on second contract.”

It does not account for their better young players after the next 2 seasons who need a raise - like LaFreniere, Kravtsov and Blias.  Chytil and Miller are due raises too.  Should be interesting to see how the Rags account for this. 

One side of my mouth - I like their young team…..other side - they have not made the playoffs in a bit. 

I think Monday will be an interesting day around the league.  Teams with cap space can go bargain hunting from teams who may have to put some good players on waivers.

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 10/10/21 at 11:54 AM ET

Paul's avatar

Kask…Yep, today will be the big waiver today, opening night rosters must be set by 5pm tomorrow. 

Waivers now happen at 2pm daily, so get ready for some names today.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 10/10/21 at 11:57 AM ET

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