Pavel Buchnevich
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The New York Rangers have agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal with restricted free agent Pavel Buchnevich.

On Friday, the New York Rangers announced they have agreed to terms with restricted free agent Pavel Buchnevich.

Buchnevich, 24, signed a two-year, $6.5-million contract, per Larry Brooks of the New York Post. The left-winger netted 21 goals with 17 assist for 38 points while appearing in 61 games a season ago for the Blueshirts.

Buchnevich achieved career highs in several categories last season, which included goals scored, even-strength goals (14), and power-play goals (7)

He and head coach David Quinn had to work out their differences early in the season when Buchnevich often found himself scratched. As the season wound down, Pavel found the back of the net 15 times to go along with 27 points in his final 42 games played.

He was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on Monday.

The Russian forward debut with the Rangers in the 2016-17 season and over the past three seasons has appeared in 179 games, scoring 43 goals with 101 points.

The team remains over the salary cap, but there is relief in sight. With the signing of Buchnevich, the Rangers will now have the opportunity to use a buyout to help with some cap relief.

As per the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, a second buyout window will open on Monday, July 29 and will close Wednesday, July 31.

It has been anticipated one of the veteran defensemen could be bought out, with Kevin Shattenkirk’s name leading the charge.

The team will need to make some trades to help alleviate the salary cap issues. The Rangers still need to sign Brendan Lemieux and Anthony DeAngelo.

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