New York Rangers extend Filip Chytil with 2-year deal

By Forever Blueshirts
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Mar 30, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates after scoring a first period goal against the Washington Capitalsat Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Rangers have announced the extension of forward Filip Chytil to a new two-year deal. Monetary terms have yet to be disclosed.

Update:

Chytil’s AAV is $2.3M

Per the Rangers Press Release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Filip Chytil on a two-year contract.

Chytil, 21, skated in 42 games with the Rangers this past season, registering eight goals and 14 assists for 22 points, along with a plus-nine rating and 10 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2020-21, including assists, points per game (0.52), assists per game (0.33), and plus/minus rating (plus-nine). Chytil registered all of his 22 points this past season at even strength/5-on-5. He ranked sixth among NHL centers (min. 20 games played) in points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 (2.60; only trailing Connor McDavid, Jason Spezza, Auston Matthews, Nathan MacKinnon, and Leon Draisaitl), as well as sixth among NHL centers (min. 20 games played) in assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 (1.65; only trailing McDavid, MacKinnon, Spezza, Evgeni Malkin, and Draisaitl) this past season. The Rangers posted a 14-3-3 record in games which Chytil tallied a point in 2020-21.

Filip Chytil important of Rangers plans

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Mar 6, 2021; Newark, New Jersey, USA; New York Rangers center Filip Chytil (72) celebrates his third period goal against New Jersey Devils goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood (29) at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Chytil may very well be one of the key pieces moved in a trade for a center this summer. That includes possibly Jack Eichel, Evgeny Kuznetsov, or whatever else may present itself.

However, trading his RFA rights would not be as attractive as if he were signed. Should the Rangers be unable to make a deal for a center, Chytil would be very valuable to the Blueshirts who lack depth at that position.

He showed real promise this season despite an injury to his wrist. In 42 games, he scored 22 points a .14 points per game improvement over his previous year. He’s coming off his ELC that had a cap hit of $1.244 million thanks to performance bonuses.

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