The New York Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent defenseman Mat Bodie to a one-year contract, Blueshirt Banter has learned.
Though Bodie declined his qualifying offer, which amounted to $971,250 at the NHL level, it was used as the foundation for the contract ultimately agreed upon. Thus, the NHL cap hit should be very close to that number. The contract was officially signed yesterday
Bodie, 25, was initially signed by the Rangers as an undrafted free agent in April of 2014 after winning the NCAA Championship with Union College. In his first pro season, the offensive defenseman produced five goals and 27 assists in 75 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, as well as three goals and four assists in 15 playoff games. He spent most of the season on a pairing with 2010 first-round pick Dylan McIlrath and together they were arguably Hartford's best defensive pairing during the 2015 Calder Cup Playoffs.
UPDATE: The reliable War On Ice is reporting that Bodie's NHL cap hit for the 2015-2016 season is $575,000. The reduced NHL salary comes at the benefit of a $10K pay raise - from $70,000 to $80,000 - at the AHL level.