The Swedish center is in New York for the long haul
The New York Rangers made some big news this morning as they announced an eight year extension for center Mika Zibanejad.
We have some news:
Mika’s home for good. pic.twitter.com/uTRCnVlq66
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) October 10, 2021
As usual, per team policy, the terms of the contract were not disclosed but Larry Brooks had all the details of the extension. It as an eight year contract with an AAV of $8.5 million per year.
BREAKING: Rangers, Zibanejad agree on extension, Post has learned, eight years in the range of $8.5M per…A year or two more than NYR would have preferred, but allows the AAV to be workable…Should put a damper on Eichel talk.
— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) October 10, 2021
Since coming to New York during the 2016 offseason, Zibanejad has grown into the role of the Rangers’ 1C and a staple on the top power play unit. The Swedish pivot has put up 136 goals and 283 points over 323 games on Broadway cementing his status as one of the better centers in the league and quickly becoming a fan favorite in New York. This eight year deal also puts an end to any and all Jack Eichel trade chatter for the Rangers as they look to move forward with their top center locked in for the forseeable future.