11:25AM: The breakdown for the deal is (Craig Morgan):
- 17-18: $5 million + $1 million signing bonus
- 18-19: $5.5 million
- 19-20: $5.35 million
- 20-21: $2.650 million + $2.5 million signing bonus
- 21-22: $4.750 million
10:52AM: The Rangers have announced that Mika Zibanejad has signed a five-year deal worth $5.35 million per season.
- For a lot more on Zibanejad, click HERE.
Zibanejad had submitted $5.35 million to the arbitrator on a one-year deal while the Rangers countered with $4.1 million.
Alain Vigneault noted at the end of the season that Zibanejad is at a point in his career where he needs to put things together.
Zibanejad said that he wants to be a number one center and that there is an opportunity to fill that role with the Rangers.
Adam Rotter: This is a pretty fair deal for both sides. The Rangers get, hopefully, an improving player at a fixed cost, Zibanejad gets a nice raise and still gets to become a UFA at 29. Mika has the potential to be the Rangers number one center and if that happens then the Rangers will get a tremendous value out of this contract. If Mika is who he is, $5.3 million isn't a bad deal for a guy averaging .6 per games in his career.
Zibanejad will hold some big responsibilities in the wake of Derek Stepan's departure but he has all of the tools and capabilities to do all of that and be that guy. He is a big part of the Rangers present and future and hopefully someone who will turn this deal into a bargain for the Rangers.