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OFFICIAL: New York Rangers Sign Pavel Buchnevich to Two-Year Contract Extension

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The deal is worth $3.25 million a season.

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Jeff Gorton has locked up another one of the team’s key RFAs by signing Pavel Buchnevich.

Buchnevich just completed his ELC deal which saw him tally 43 goals, 58 assists, and 101 points in 179 games. Last season Buchnevich finished with a career high 21 goals, and his 38 points in 64 games (0.59 P/GP) were slightly better than his 2017-18 campaign of 43 points in 74 games (0.58 P/GP).

At $3.25 million (3.98% of the salary cap), this deal is somewhat comparable to the bridge Chris Kreider signed coming off his ELC which carried a cap hit of $2.475 million (3.59% of the salary cap).

Buchnevich was a slightly better offensive player in terms of counting stats, and here’s a quick tale of the tape for both players’ first 179 games.

In Kreider’s case, he was paid off of a shorter sample size because he joined the team during the 2011-12 playoffs. So while this isn’t an apple to apples comparison, it is more so a look at the start of both player’s careers and what Buchnevich could grow into.

As a result of this signing, the Rangers will have a secondary buyout window open, and it appears likely that the team will take advantage of it. But the Rangers can’t get out of all their problems with just a buyout, so it will be interesting to see what other moves Jeff Gorton has up his sleeves.