Rangers in good position for regular season

Yesterday the Rangers came to terms with two restricted free agents just before the arbitration period would’ve started. First off, they signed Chris Kreider to a four year contract extension worth 18.6 million dollars. That is an average value of 4.65 million dollars which is about fair considering Kreider is just 25 and he had 21 goals and 22 assists last season. Kreider burst on to the scene in the 2011-12 playoffs scoring 5 goals in 18 games even though he was only 20. In addition to resigning Kreider, the Rangers resigned Kevin Hayes to a two year deal worth 5.2 million dollars. With a 2.6 million dollar average this puts the Rangers close to the salary cap, but Hayes fills out a pretty good roster. Hayes, who is only 24, had 36 points last year and probably won’t put up any more points than that but he is a good passer and has very good puck handling abilities. These are two big signings by GM Jeff Gorton and both players will look to have a big impact for the Rangers this year.

-Sam Feuerlicht

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