Tampa Bay has announced that they have signed former Ranger JT Miller to a five-year contract worth $5.25 million per season.
Miller was traded by the Rangers, along with Ryan McDonagh, for a package that included Vlad Namestnikov, Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, Tampa's 2018 first round pick and a 2019 second round pick that can turn into a first round pick if they win the Stanley Cup.
Miller was slated to be an RFA with arbitration rights.
Reports indicated that the Rangers felt Miller had regressed as a player and that his issues were not related to Alain Vigneault or the coaching staff.
At the time of the trade, Jeff Gorton said that Tampa Bay had been interested in Miller for some time, a decision was going to have to be made on his future and they felt comfortable including him in the deal based upon what they were getting back.
In his time with Tampa Bay, Miller had 10 goals and 8 assists in 19 regular season games and 2 goals and 6 assists in 17 playoff games.
There is a limited no-trade clause in Miller's contract that features 8 teams the can say "no" to. (Joe Smith)
Adam Rotter: This seems like a pretty fair deal for MIller but one that the Rangers probably would not have been comfortable giving him. With the Rangers where they were/are it would have been hard for the Rangers to give five-years to a player in Miller that looked like he could be a core player on one shift and then make low percentage plays or slump mightily on the next. He's a quality player and looked, after the 2016-17 season, like he was on the verge of cashing in on that first round pick potential consistently but, like other Rangers, had a tough season and ultimately was sent away. Now he is in Tampa and could very well be on one of their top lines with Steven Stamkos next season.