The Chyt is on! New York Rangers extend Filip Chytil for four years

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Filip Chytil earned himself a new four-year contract thanks to a breakout season as the center of the Kid Line.

The team announced that Chytil’s extension will start next season and run through 2026-27. Per PuckPedia, the AAV is $4.4375 million and has no type of trade protections.

Contract Breakdown:

  • Year 1: $3.5M + $1M signing bonus
  • Year 2: $4.625M
  • Year 3: $4.875M
  • Year 4: $3.75M

He previously signed a two-year extension on July 19, 2021 for an AAV of $2.3M.

Back in January, a knowledgeable source pointed me to Sam Bennett’s four-year contract with an AAV of $4.425 million as a comparable. It turned to out to pretty spot on.

New York Rangers extend Filip Chytil

The Blueshirts selected Chytil in the first-round of the 2017 NHL Draft, 21st overall. It took the young center the better part of six seasons to finally develop into the powerful player he is today.

This season, the 23 year-old native of Kromriz, Czech Republic is setting career-highs for goals (22), assists (20), and points (42) in 66 games with 8 more left to play.

For his career, Chytil has amassed 135 points in 319 regular-season games.

Filip Chytil realizing potential

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Chytil struggled for most of last season but realized his potential when the Rangers needed it most. Centering two of the organizations top prospects in Alexis Lafreniere and Kaapo Kakko, the trio became one of the best lines in the playoffs.

This year, the Kid Line has developed into one of the NHL’s best third lines and the Rangers will be counting on them again when the playoffs begin in April.

All three youngsters are having a fine 2022-23 campaign setting career-highs in points (Lafreniere and Kakko both have 36 points and counting). In a recent comeback win against the Florida Panthers, each player registered a goal in the same game. It was just the second time they’ve done that.

“They were excellent,” Gerard Gallant said. “All three kids scored a goal tonight and played real well tonight. When they play like that it’s exciting. If I didn’t notice [they had it going] I shouldn’t be coaching in this league.”

Chytil was set to be a restricted free agent this summer. That leaves GM Chris Drury with Alexis Lafreniere, and K’Andre Miller as RFAs from the active roster to worry about getting signed.

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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