Over the weekend the Rangers signed 24-year old defenseman Brady Skjei to a six-year deal worth $5.25 million per season.
On Monday the Rangers signed 26-year old Kevin Hayes to a one-year deal worth $5.125 million.
On Tuesday, the Rangers came to terms with Ryan Spooner, 26, on a two-year deal that has a cap hit of $4 million per season.
Spooner was due to be a UFA following next season.
Hayes will be a UFA after this season and the belief is that the Rangers will move him at some point before the trade deadline.
Since Hayes joined the Rangers in 2014-15 he has played the second most games at 310, only behind Mats Zuccarello at 319.
In Skjei's two seasons as a regular, he has only missed two regular season games.
Spooner has twice played in at least 78 NHL games and last season played in 59 for the Rangers and Bruins.
Adam Rotter: Skjei is different from the other two as Skjei is seen as someone that the Rangers can rebuild their defense around and it's always harder to find quality top-four defenders than it is forwards. The Rangers have had good success doing this in the past, though Marc Staal's injuries limited his ultimate potential, and if Skjei becomes close to the player that his potential shows he can be, the Rangers will have a really good defenseman on a really good price for a long-time.
When it comes to Hayes and Spooner, I think it comes down to versatility and roster flexibility. Hayes played wing in college but has taken tremendous steps as a center and that is where his best value is. Spooner can go back and forth, from center to wing, and that allows the Rangers to shift him and others into a place where they can be most successful. Of course, the Rangers could have locked in Hayes, kept him in the middle and had some other players shift around him, with the idea that he would ultimately be moved down the line, like Derek Stepan, before a likely no-trade or no-move clause would come in.