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Rangers Sign Star Defenseman Adam Fox

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Early this evening the New York Rangers completed what is arguably their most important task of the season. You guessed it folks, Adam Fox, the reigning Norris Trophy winner is here to stay.

As reported by Vince Mercogliano, Fox has signed for seven years with an expected AAV of $9.5 million. This makes Fox the second highest paid player on the team and in New York Rangers history. While the figure jumps off the page, especially in the current flat cap era, Fox is well worth this sum and the Rangers should consider themselves lucky the number never broke double digits.

Some recent comparable contracts throughout the league are Seth Jones with an AAV of $9.5 million for eight years, Darnell Nurse with an AAV of $9.25 million for eight years, and Charlie McAvoy with an AAV of $9.5 million for eight years. Outside of Boston’s McAvoy, Fox’s numbers blow these aforementioned defensemen out of the water, and he is somehow, some way, not the highest paid defenseman in the league. Although the Rangers are handing him a gigantic contract, Fox absolutely gave them a hometown discount. With their number one defenseman locked up long term, the Rangers back end is beginning to look steadier than ever.