Brett Howden
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The Rangers begin their offseason with a new deal for Howden. 

On Friday morning, the New York Rangers announced a new contract with restricted free agent center Brett Howden.

Howden, 23, had a down year in 2021. He scored once with six assists in 42 games. He posted 23 points in 66 games as a rookie in 2018-18 and scored a career-high nine goals in 70 games in the 2019-20 season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning selected Howden with the 27th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Rangers acquired Howden from the Bolts in the blockbuster trade that sent defenseman Ryan McDonagh and forward J.T. Miller to Tampa. The Rangers also received defenseman Libor Hájek, forward Vladislav Namestnikov, a first-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft (Nils Lundkvist) and a second-round pick in the 2019 NHL Draft (Karl Henriksson) in the trade.

The terms of the deal have not yet been released.

The Rangers have three more RFA forwards to re-sign as the offseason begins: Filip Chytil, Julien Gauthier and Pavel Buchnevich. Hájek, who was acquired in the same trade from Tampa, is also a restricted free agent.

Igor Shesterkin is the final RFA on the Rangers’ NHL Roster.

Tab has written about MLB, the NHL and the NFL for more than a decade for publications including The Fourth Period, Bleacher Report and La Vida Baseball. He is the author of two books about the Chicago Blackhawks and has been credentialed for the MLB All-Star Game and postseason and multiple Stanley Cup Finals. He is the co-host of the Line Drive Radio podcast.