New York Rangers agree to terms with 5 players on Monday
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The New York Rangers officially announced that the team has agreed to terms with five of their players.

The New York Rangers announced on Monday afternoon that they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent defenseman John Gilmour on a one-year contract.

In addition, the team also announced restricted free agents Chris Bigras, Steven Fogarty, Boo Nieves and Rob O’Gara all accepted their qualifying offers.

At 25-years-old, Gilmour appeared in 28 games for the Rangers this past season, registering two goals and five points. While he was a minus-11 on the season, that was to be expected as the team threw him into a spiraling lineup for the last quarter of the season.

Gilmour showed great speed on the ice and a keen sense of control on the power play. However, he will need to work on his overall defensive zone coverage and positioning as he appeared out of position and lost at times.

The young defenseman may need a little more time with the AHL Hartford Wolf Pack again this season, but he has a bright outlook with the team.

Defenseman Rob O’Gara came to the Rangers in the Nick Holden trade last year. The 25-year-old appeared in 30 games for the Rangers, averaging 15:31 minutes of ice time per game. According to CapFriendly, he has signed a one-year deal with a cap hit of $874,125.

Center Cristoval “Boo” Nieves, 24, appeared in 28 games for the Blueshirts last season. A solid fourth-line center with size and speed, Nieves looked like he would remain with the team for the season, but he was abruptly sent down to the AHL Wolf Pack in January and was never recalled to the NHL again. Nieves is in a tough position this season as the Rangers currently are carrying seven centers. His deal is worth $709,750.

Defenseman Chris Bigras, 23, was acquired from the Colorado Avalanche for Ryan Graves in February and appeared in 15 games with just one assist to show for it. His offer is valued at $832,500.

Center Steven Fogarty, the Rangers’ third-round pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, has only played in one game for the Rangers since he was drafted. He signed a contract for $708,750.

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