The New York Rangers have long been rumored to be in the market for a veteran left-handed defenseman. According to Larry Brooks, that player is pending UFA, Patrik Nemeth. A potential target we identified here.
The deal would likely be for two or three years, worth between $2.25-$2.75 million per season. The Avalanche have given permission to Nemeth to speak to other teams in advance of the opening of the market.Larry Brooks, NY Post
Rangers expected to sign Patrik Nemeth
Last season, the Avalanche picked up the rugged defenseman from the Detroit Red Wings and he played very well. At 6-3 and 228 lbs, he is a physical presence that could certainly play quality third pair minutes and help fellow Swede, Nils Lundkvist acclimate to North America and the NHL.
The 29 year-old rearguard scored 10 points in 52 games while averaging 18:01 per night. For his career, he’s been regarded a stay-at-home type. Nemeth’s zone starts lean heavily towards the defensive side at 66.1%.
Surprisingly, if Brooks’ numbers are accurate, Nemeth will be signing for less than what he made on his last contract which was $3M AAV. Should that be the case, it would be a great signing by Chris Drury.
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