The New York Rangers and Brendan Lemieux have agreed to terms on a one-year contract that will keep the fan-favorite around.
Lemieux, 23, was acquired along with a 2019 first-round pick in exchange for Kevin Hayes at the trade deadline in February 2019.
The tough forward became an instant fan-favorite at Madison Square Garden. He appeared in 19 games recording three goals with six points. He managed to register 44 penalty minutes with the team.
USA Today’s Vince Mercogliano quoted Lemieux’s agent and father Claude saying, “Brendan is excited about joining his teammates on time tomorrow for the first day of camp.”
The restricted free agent had declined the qualifying offer that general manager Jeff Gorton and the organization submitted last June. The two sides went the whole summer with little reported interaction.
With this signing, defenseman Anthony DeAngelo remains the only player not under contract.
DeAngelo is a restricted free agent and has declined to sign the qualifying offer the club submitted to his agent.
Lemieux was a much-needed piece to the team’s puzzle—a young, aggressive player who can play on the third or fourth line with the versatility to do whatever the coaching staff asks of him.