6/25/17 | Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers are "open to anything" regarding Zibanejad's next contract.
He said that he has spoken with Zibanejad's representatives and that they will see how the market starts to play out.
6/1/17 | In the latest issue of The Hockey News, they have project Mika Zibanejad's next contract to come in with a cap hit between $3 million and $4 million.
Zibanejad, 24, is an RFA coming off a two-year deal that had a cap hit of $2.625 million but an actual salary of $3.25 million last year.
He is arbitration eligible and can be a UFA following the 2019-20 season.
If the cap stays at $73 million than the Rangers will have around $9.2 million in cap space this summer, and if the salary cap stays at $73 million for next season the Rangers will have $31.4 million in cap space.
Adam Rotter: I'm back and forth on whether I think Mika should go for a long-term deal, 5-6 years in the $5-$6 million range, or go with a one-year deal probably in the range of around $3.75 million. The long-term deal brings cost certainty, a fixed rate and the potential for a bargain if Zibanejad reaches his potential. The one-year deal focuses more on the present and saves some money that the Rangers can then put into upgrading their defense. The one-year deal though also runs the risk that Zibanejad has a monster year, which would be a good thing, but that his price then goes more towards $7 million. The Rangers project to have a lot more cap space after next season to work on a long-term deal for Mika, but Miller, Hayes, Vesey & Skjei also need new contracts at that point.
Of course, this all changes if the Rangers decide to move on from Derek Stepan. If they were to move on from Stepan I would assume a long-term deal for Mika would be a priority so that they can have his replacement locked up.