The Rangers have re-signed two of their key AHL skaters from last season today.
Nicklas Jensen, who came over from Vancouver in the Emerson Etem trade, and Mat Bodie have signed new contracts today. By agreeing with both restricted free agents the Rangers have scratched two items off of their offseason “to do list” and will avoid arbitration with both players.
Jensen is a forward that has quite a few Rangers fans talking. In addition to being a standout in the shootout, he had a great World Championship with team Denmark. Fast, crafty, and productive at the AHL level, there are a lot of things to like about Jensen’s game and potential.
He had 25 points in 41 games with the Wolf Pack last season after coming over in the Etem trade (he was previously playing with the Utica Comets).
With Oscar Lindberg scheduled to miss games early in the 2016-17 season, Jensen could be a player we see in the Rangers’ bottom six out of training camp.
Jensen will be exposed to waivers if sent back down to the AHL next season. Meaning that any of the NHL’s 29 other teams can grab him if the Rangers are uncertain about his role with the team or are unimpressed by his play at the NHL level.
Mat Bodie had 36 points from the blue line in Hartford last season. He led all Wolf Pack defensemen in points and was tied for the team lead in assists.
The terms of both contracts have yet to be announced. This article will be updated when the terms are released.
It looks like Jensen and Bodie will both be back on one-year, two-way contracts at a $600,000 NHL salary.
Jensen, Bodie each in at $600,000 NHL on two-way.— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) July 5, 2016
So, clearly not the multi-year, low-risk deal that some of us were hoping Jensen would sign for.