Updated: New York Rangers free agency watch: track key signings and trade rumors

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Mar 5, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Boston Bruins defenseman Jarred Tinordi (84) fights Washington Capitals right wing Tom Wilson (43) during the second period at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

The NHL Free Agent bell has rung and the Blueshirts made the Patrik Nemeth deal official. According to PuckPedia his deal is for 3 years with an AAV of $2.5 million. And they’ve signed 7th defenseman Jarred Tinordi for 2 years at $900K.

So what’s the latest? We will update this article throughout the day.

7/28 Updates:

NYR target off the board as Phillip Danault signs with Kings.

Rangers sign Greg McKegg and Dryden Hunt

Per Rangers press release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent forward Greg McKegg on a one-year contract and with free agent forward Dryden Hunt on a two-year contract.

 McKegg, 29, split this past season between the Boston Bruins in the NHL and the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League (AHL). He recorded one goal in five NHL games with Boston and two assists in two AHL games with Providence.

Hunt, 25, skated in 26 games with the Arizona Coyotes this past season, registering three goals and five assists for eight points, along with four penalty minutes. He was credited with 94 hits in the 26 contests he played in 2020-21, and he led Arizona in hits per 60 minutes of ice time during the season (18.11). Hunt averaged 11:58 of ice time per game this past season, which was the most he has averaged in one season thus far in his NHL career.

Rangers sign Jarred Tinordi

Per Rangers press release:

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

 Tinordi, 29, split this past season between the Nashville Predators and Boston Bruins, registering one assist and 11 penalty minutes in 21 games. He registered 56 hits and 30 blocked shots in the 21 games he played in 2020-21. Tinordi skated in his 100th career NHL game on April 13, 2021 vs. Buffalo. He also skated in four games with the Bruins during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Rangers sign Patrik Nemeth

Per Rangers press release:

New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with free agent defenseman Patrik Nemeth on a three-year contract.

 Nemeth, 29, split this past season between the Detroit Red Wings and Colorado Avalanche, registering three goals and seven assists for 10 points, along with a plus-five rating and 20 penalty minutes. His three goals in 2020-21 were tied for the most he registered in one season in his NHL career, and his 87 hits during the season were the second-most he recorded in one season in his NHL career. Nemeth posted a 50.0% shot attempts percentage at 5-on-5 this past season, and he had an on-ice save percentage of 93.5% at 5-on-5 (his team’s goaltenders posted a .935 SV% while he was on the ice at 5-on-5), which was tied for the 10th-best among the 98 NHL defensemen who played at least 50 games in 2020-21. He also skated in 10 games with Colorado during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and he tied for second on the Avalanche in blocked shots (14) and ranked third in hits (20) in the playoffs.

Rangers targets

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Jul 2, 2021; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens left wing Phillip Danault (24) celebrates after scoring a goal against Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the first period in game three of the 2021 Stanley Cup Final at the Bell Centre. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

One of the Rangers top targets, Jordan Martinook took less to stay home with the Carolina Hurricanes. He signed for three years at less than what he made last season. His AAV comes in at $1.8 million.

Phillip Danault also remains a Rangers target. The Golden Knights were rumored in on him but just traded fro Dadonov from the Senators and only have $2M in cap space left. Another suitor is the L.A. Kings.

Rangers trade rumors

There is still some talk that Ryan Strome could be moved to Seattle, or Ottawa. If this happens the Rangers may have another big moved lined up.

On the Jack Eichel front, his frustration is mounting. It’s now being reported that the Minnesota Wild have dropped out. Add the Vegas Golden Knights after their moves.

Who’s left? The Rangers and Ducks?

Jack Eichel frustration mounts

Darren Dreger is reporting that Jack Eichel and his camp’s “frustration levels” are on the rise. The teams lingering around are being classified as “tire kickers” at best. Read more!