Early Thursday morning, news broke that the New York Rangers and centerman Ryan Strome agreed to terms on a two-year, $9 million deal avoiding arbitration. Strome was the Rangers top-line center last season as he scored 18 goals and achieved a career-high in points with 59.
Ryan Strome’s contract had expired when the free-agent signing period opened, leaving him on the open market as a restricted free agent. Strome and the Rangers were far apart in terms of salary proposals.
Before the agreement was reached, he was seeking $5.7 million from an arbitrator. The Rangers countered with an offer of $3.6 million. Agreeing at $4.5 million is a good deal for both sides as they were obviously able to agree on a salary that was fair. Not only that, but they now have him under contract for an extra year.
The Rangers were in serious need of a center as they are not as they were not a strong team at that position. Bringing Ryan Strome back at least secures production out of their top-line center as the Rangers look to make their first deep cup run since 2014.
Strome has been in the league for six seasons. Four of them came with the New York Islanders, one with the Edmonton Oilers, and the last two coming with the New York Rangers. He has been a model of consistency only playing less than 70 games twice in his career. Look for Strome’s production to continue to rise as his and the team’s development continue.