Report: New York Rangers sign Brett Howden; can be exposed in Expansion Draft

The New York Rangers have signed center, Brett Howden to a one-year deal at $885K. The 23 year-old acquired in the Ryan McDonagh blockbuster trade from 2018 is now in the fold.

It should be noted that this Howden is now eligible to be protected or exposed in the Seattle Expansion Draft on July 21st. The Rangers must submit their list to the league on the 17th. This also allows the Rangers to protect Colin Blackwell if they so choose.

Rangers sign Brett Howden

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Brett Howden has yet to arrive (Getty Images)

Per the Rangers Press Release:

NEW YORK, July 9, 2021 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brett Howden on a one-year contract.

Howden, 23, skated in 42 games with the Rangers this past season, registering one goal and six assists for seven points, along with 11 penalty minutes. The 6-3, 200-pounder has skated in 178 career NHL games over three seasons (2018-19 – 2020-21), all with the Rangers, registering 16 goals and 33 assists for 49 points, along with 53 penalty minutes. Howden also skated in three games during the 2020 postseason.

The Calgary, Alberta native was acquired by the Rangers in a trade with Tampa Bay on February 26, 2018. Howden was originally selected by the Lightning in the first round, 27th overall, of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.

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