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Rangers Extend Jonny Brodzinski for 2 More Years

Jonny Brodzinski New York Rangers

The New York Rangers have extended center Jonny Brodzinski for an additional two years, with an annual salary of $787,500, as reported by Mollie Walker of the New York Post. Demonstrating his value on the ice, Brodzinski has contributed significantly to the team’s performance this season, amassing 15 points across 37 games. His role has been pivotal on the Rangers’ third line, where he has showcased his skills alongside teammates Kaapo Kakko and Will Cuylle.

Brodzinski’s Contract and the NHL Benefits Threshold

Brodzinski’s newly-inked extension Rangers is structured as a one-way contract for its entirety, ensuring he will earn his full salary whether he plays for the Rangers or is assigned to their AHL affiliate, the Hartford Wolf Pack.

Jonny Brodzinski, New York Rangers (Jess Starr/The Hockey Writers)

This detail is crucial under the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement, which provides that players on one-way standard player contracts with 160 or more NHL games played are eligible for continued NHL benefits, including health, life, and disability insurance, even when playing in the minors. This clause is particularly significant for Brodzinski, who currently stands at 138-career NHL games.

With 26 games remaining in the Rangers’ season, Brodzinski is positioned to surpass the 160 game threshold, provided he plays in at least 22 of the remaining 26 games, thereby securing his entitlement to these vital NHL benefits.

Depth Scoring and Financial Savvy: Brodzinski and Vesey’s Role in Rangers’ Success

Brodzinski’s recent contract extension closely mirrors the deal Jimmy Vesey secured last year, a two-year agreement with an average annual value of $800,000. With both Vesey and Brodzinski on board, the Rangers have fortified their bottom six with cost-effective options. This strategic move provides the team with enhanced financial flexibility as they approach the offseason, positioning them well to make additional improvements to their roster.

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Since head coach Peter Laviolette placed Brodzinski on the third line alongside Cuylle and Kakko — a trio that has been intact for nine games — the line has collectively had a significant impact on the scoreboard. Brodzinski himself has tallied six points, Cuylle has contributed with five points, and Kakko leads them with seven points. This is a good development for the Rangers, as it’s the first instance this season where they’ve…

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