The New York Rangers avoid an arbitration hearing with RFA Ryan Spooner as they agree to terms on a two-year contract.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 31, 2018
The deal is worth $4 million per season against the salary cap. Spooner will be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this contract.
The Blueshirts have now re-signed all of their restricted free agents and have avoided all salary arbitration hearings scheduled for this year.
The 26-year-old center was acquired by the New York Rangers in a trade with Boston which included Matt Beleskey, Ryan Lindgren, and Boston’s first-round pick in 2018 NHL Draft and a seventh-round pick in 2019 for Rick Nash.
In the 20 games he played for New York, Spooner recorded four goals with 16 points. He was tied for the team lead in assists and points from the time he was acquired until the end of the regular season. Spooner recorded seven points, one goal, and six assists, in his first three games with the Rangers. He became the first player in franchise history to record six assists in his first three games and post a multi-point game in each of his first three contests.
The center had played six seasons for the Boston Bruins prior to his trade to New York. In his 253 games with the Bruins, he scored 41 goals and added 101 assist for 142 points.
Ryan Spooner joins the overabundance of centers the Rangers currently have on the roster. The battle for the four center positions looks to already be determined so long as the team doesn’t trade any of the centers before camp begins in September.
The center was originally selected by Boston in the second round, 45th overall, in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.