The New York Rangers have successfully inked forward Derick Brassard to a new five year contract reports confirmed today.
Brassard will earn a whopping $25 million according to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks. With this signing, the New York Rangers have successfully re-signed all three of their top scorers from last season. Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello signed new contracts just a few weeks ago.
The 26 year old Brassard accumulated 45 points in 81 games for the Rangers last season. That impressive tally saw Brassard finish fourth in points last year for New York.This guy continues to be a consistent goal scorer for his team.
He’s skilled in pretty much every area. He’s got explosive speed, exceptional puck handling skills and can play in almost any position. Last season, Derick Brassard found most of his success on the powerplay. He accumulated an impressive total of 18 powerplay points during last season.
Brassard was also instrumental in the New York Rangers playoff campaign, tallying a total of 12 points. Based on these statistics, it’s no wonder the Rangers paid a high price to keep him in New York. He fits in extremely well with Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stephan.
Together these four guys accounted for a massive total of 198 points last season and have helped the Rangers become one of the most balanced teams in the NHL. These signings have certainly made head Coach Alaine Vigneault’s job a whole lot easier.
If the team can get some more consistent scoring from Rick Nash and Carl Hagelin, the Rangers will be tough to beat. Nash and Hagelin combined for 72 points, and the veteran leadership from guys like Martin St. Louis and recently acquired Matthew Lombardi will go a long way to helping this team succeed in the playoffs as well.
The New York Rangers are also very solid defensively. With guys like Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi and Dan Boyle available, this defense will be very tough to beat.
However, it won’t be easy for this team to replace Anton Stralman. Plus there is no guarantee that McDonagh is going to be able to repeat his 43 point year. Regardless, I believe the Rangers have built a solid, defensive core that will certainly help goalie Henrik Lundqvist win games.
Overall, this team has the potential to take top spot in the Eastern Conference standings easily. The Rangers will have high expectations this year, but with this roster, those expectations have the potential to be met.
Anything less than a second round appearance in the playoffs this year will be seen as a disappointment for this team and it will be interesting to see how Derick Brassard and the Rangers do this season.