Mika Zibanejad
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One of the Rangers’ most important players is now locked-up for eight more years. 

On Sunday morning, the New York Rangers greeted fans with outstanding news: Mika Zibanejad is staying put long-term.

The Rangers announced the club has signed Zibanejad to an eight-year deal. Though the organization did not initially announced the financial terms of the deal, Dave Pagnotta of The Fourth Period is reporting the deal to be worth $68 million ($8.5 million AAV).

Zibanejad, 28, was entering the final year of a five-year, $26.75 million contract.

Rangers fans should be thrilled to have this deal done, but the next big deal the team needs to handle is defenseman Adam Fox.

If we can get a tweet like this about Fox before the season opens the Rangers will be on their way to building a much more consistent future.

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.