The New York Rangers began the 2018 free agency season by re-signing one of their own to a multi-year contract
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 1, 2018
Year 1: $3.5M base salary plus $500k bonus; Year 2: $4M salary https://t.co/PrwXTT8wyU
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) July 1, 2018
The expectation is the Namestnikov will receive a $3.5 million salary next season with the chance of reaching $4 million thanks to some bonuses. In the final year of the deal, he will have an AAV of $4million.
There was some speculation that Namestnikov was going to hang up the skates in the NHL and head over to the KHL for next season. But, his agent quickly put those rumors to bed.
Rumors that Vladislav Namestnikov considering signing in the KHL are absolutely not true. Playing in the NHL is a privilege and honor. Contract extension is in works.
— Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) July 1, 2018
Namestnikov had a hard time making the adjustment to the Big Apple after the Feb. 26 trade. He found himself receiving similar treatment that J.T. Miller saw from former head coach Alain Vigneault. It was obvious that Namestnikov never really took to Vigneault’s style and that hindered his game.
With new coach Davide Quinn, Namestnikov has a chance to create a new impression on the New York fan base. Can he become the player he was in Tampa Bay where he scored 123 points in 263 games? Or was he just a product of playing alongside some of the games top players in Steven Stamkos or Nikita Kucherov?
The contract shows that general manager Jeff Gorton believes in Namestnikov, now it is time for the 25-year-old to show Gorton that it was the right decision.