Rangers Sign Connor Mackey to Two-Year Extension

Rangers Sign Connor Mackey to Two-Year Extension
Jan 27, 2024; Ottawa, Ontario, CAN; New York Rangers defenseman Connor Mackey (14) fights with Ottawa Senators left wing Brady Tkachuk (7) in the second period at the Canadian Tire Centre. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have locked up another depth defenseman on a two-year contract extension, this time with Connor Mackey.

Mackey signed with the team over the summer as a free agent on a one-year deal with an average-annual value of $775,000. In 36 games with the Wolf Pack this year, Mackey has registered 2 goals and 9 assists. He has been a somewhat consistent recall for the Rangers any time they have gone down a defenseman, appearing in only one game with the team back in January. While it was just the one game, it was certainly a memorable one as his fight with Brady Tkachuk sparked quite a demanding win for the Rangers that sent them off into the All-Star break riding high.

This signing is quite reminiscent to the extension of Ben Harpur that came around this time last year and since he went down with a season-ending injury very early this year, it makes sense for the Rangers to stock up on as much cheap depth as they can, especially on the back end. You also like to see Chris Drury and management rewarding their guys with extensions like these and Mackey has proven to be a very reliable 7/8th defender as needed. Mackey has a total of 40 NHL games under his belt and at 27, still has plenty of miles left to give in his career.

While it’s not the most exciting news to come the week of the trade deadline, it’s a tidy piece of work for Chris Drury and very well-deserved for Mackey.