The New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with defenseman Brady Skjei, as the two sides agreed to a six year, $31.5 million deal.
The $5.25 AAV might seem a tad high for a player going into his first RFA years, but the Rangers are betting on the young defenseman to be worth the deal, and Skjei has not given the Rangers any reason to doubt that he will be worth it, at least early on.
Brady Skjei (6x5.25) is young but has already put up top-four (maybe even marginal top pair) even-strength results in fairly generous zone usage. pic.twitter.com/oBNagj6c92— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) July 28, 2018
The Rangers are a rebuilding team and part of that means developing and locking up young talent and the Blueshirts took a big step in that direction by locking down what they hope to be a cornerstone of their defense for years to come. Next up on the RFA list is Kevin Hayes, and it’s going to be mighty interesting to to see how that contract plays out.