Rangers, Zibanejad agree to five-year deal

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The Rangers and Mika ZIbanejad have avoided arbitration, which was set for later today, and agreed to terms on a five-year deal. The contract will pay Zibanejad $5.35 million per season, which is where we had him pegged two months ago.

Zibanejad lost a bit of leverage when he broke his leg earlier this season, which certainly brought the cost down a bit. That said, this is a fair deal for both sides. Zibanejad gets paid and gets security. The Rangers get a young 1C with tremendous upside at what could be a bargain price down the road.

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45 thoughts on “Rangers, Zibanejad agree to five-year deal

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:03 am

    DJ ZBad becomes the only Ranger forward signed past the 2019-2020 season. That should give the team some nice flexibility construction the roster next year when all of Hayes, Miller, Vesey, Grabner, Desharnais, Nash contracts roll.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:09 am

    Like the deal. Any word on a subsequent Staal buyout?

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:44 am

      we can only pray for that one

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:15 am

    Happy this got done.

    Now that this over with I expect them to move a D-man (Holden) and possibly get another center.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 1:16 pm

      Sure but don’t expect JG to want a top 6 forward, Mika and Hayes are the 1a and 1b center core.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Good signing. He just turned 24 years old in April, so we will have him for his prime and I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns into a very great value deal in the next few years.

    This kid is very skilled, and if it weren’t for his broken leg, he would have had a tremendous season. He is big, strong, good skater, good shot, and has shown a knack for big goals in his young career (World Juniors GWG for Gold, a few OT winners last season).


    The forward scene is starting to take place, but we still have a large hole at the center position.

    Trade Holden + prospect for Bozak and slot him in at 2C.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:29 am


  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:28 am

    I’m probably the only one that is not excited about this signing. IMO. Zibanejad did not show nearly enough last year to earn such a good deal. I hope I’m wrong but I do not have a good gut feeling about this guy.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:32 am

      37 pts (14G – 23A) in 56 games while recovering from a broken leg. That was a bad injury and needs to be accounted for, along with the fact that he was only 23 years old.

      9 pts (2G – 7A) in 12 playoff games, too.

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:41 am

        Like I stated, I hope I’m wrong but it’s only my gut feeling. You have a good point about his injury though.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:33 am

      You’ll have a different opinion by Christmas.

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:43 am

        I hope you’re right. I would like the taste of Crow if I’m wrong.

        • Jul 25, 2017 at 4:05 pm

          salt and garlic

          • Jul 26, 2017 at 4:03 pm


  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:30 am

    Good deal.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:31 am

    glad this is finished. And think it’s a fair deal for both parties.Now we just need to add a center and move out a D man and we should should be in good shape.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Good deal. The young man should be a good player who is just coming into his own. Glad he is locked up for 5 and can focus on hockey.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 12:15 pm

    Dave do you know if this comes with a NTC or NMC?

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm

      Everything I can find suggests no NTC or NMC, which is good.

      I’m not fully sold on Mika. To me his season was one big “incomplete” because of the injury. That being said, once JG traded Brassard and then traded Stepan, signing Mika became essential.

      Is he a 1C? Is he the guy you want on the ice when going up against the elite centers? That’s the big question.

      I’d feel a lot better about this team if we are able to make a trade for a center. Right now, assuming identical performances to a year ago from all players on the roster, I don’t feel we are a better team today. We look like a low to mid-90’s playoff bubble team. But that’s today, and assumes no improvement from the youngsters, so it’s somewhat irrelevant. Need another trade and significant upticks in performances from the usual “passengers” if we want to dream of a deep playoff run.

      That being said, just to contradict myself, I also see Dave’s school of thought. Pit and Was much weaker. IF (and it’s a big IF), everything breaks right, we can make a deep playoff run.

      Should be a fascinating next couple of months leading up to camp!

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm

        Eh yes he is the guy to be on the ice against whoeverduring crunch time but it could be worst. You could be a poor Yotes fan who has to watch Stepan go out against McDavid, Getzlaf/Kesler, Kopitar/Carter, Pavelski/Couture, Monahan and I won’t even add the central division.

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm

        For what it’s worth, 2Cs might be getting this type of pay scale routinely by the end of this contract. It is a slight roll of the dice, but I feel it is a great chance to take. I believe he has the tools to be a 1C…just a matter of whether or not he can get there.

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 3:26 pm

        3E am with you on Mika question mark, but not because of injury. Don’t know if his compete level is there because of the way AV used him. Hope he gets a real chance and goes 20 or so games as the 1C and we will see if he has the cojones. If AV gets in his way its on JG to make sure his team will compete the way HE wants it to. Same goes for the Blue Line. Championships aren’t won in the regular season. IMO its the way the menu is used. This yunguns (Hartford)need to be given some coffee time to be properly evaluated in the big time. If JG knows what he has maybe he would not be giving up high draft choices to let aging vets go in a month or a year…you can read that as Yandle, Stall and MSL…still a f’n NYR fan and like what JG is doing.

        • Jul 26, 2017 at 3:51 pm

          I’m a fan of what JG is doing. No issue with any of his decisions thus far this summer. I still think that if not adequately repalced, we will miss Stepan more than people realize….especially defensively and on the PK.

          As for AV’s usage of Mika, no offense, but seriously? So you honestly believe that AV’s usage of the player has dampened his enthusiasm and compete level and THAT is the reason he didn’t have more points? I don’t even know what to say.

          The guy had a SERIOUS injury that kept him out for weeks and didnt allow him to regain his form for months. It has ZERO to do with AV.

          So just to make sure i get this, all players who struggle somewhat, that’s AV’s fault. But players who play well…that’s in spite of AV. Got it!


      • Jul 25, 2017 at 8:35 pm

        Hey bro, hope you’re feeling better.

        One word: “Fleece'” by Gorton. Took the Zib family member to school.

        • Jul 26, 2017 at 3:53 pm

          Thanks buddy….I’m feeling great! Should be medicallly cleared next week and then it’s back on the road. But suffice it to say my diet will need a few adjustments. I suspect those MSG hot dogs from all those years in the press box nearly did me in! 🙂

          Agree…..this is a great move. But, if we are going to be a special team, we need Mika to be great. Does he have greatness in him? TBD.

          • Jul 26, 2017 at 8:24 pm

            Great to hear E3.

            I think that Zib can be very good. Great? Don’t know. But I will say that he’s more talented than Stepan and Brass, for what that’s worth.

          • Jul 27, 2017 at 12:58 pm

            AV sat you in the press box too, E3? Is it because you had the highest Corsi among defensemen on the team? 😉

            Jokes aside, glad to hear you are feeling better!

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    this signing is fine and it could be a bargain down the road. Zib has a ton of potential to be a 30 goal-70 point player this season if healthy. rangers should really consider the buyout of staal. hank is getting older, the window is closing and the buyout will not hurt them as much as many people think. they’d be paying staal and girardi less money next year than staal’s actual salary which they would be paying him for 4 more years. if they trade holden and bring one of their young prospects up to play on the 3rd pair with deangelo, the rangers could have the best defense in the metro, which is undoubtebly the best division in the nhl right now. On top of that, the rangers have a couple young and highly promising defensive prospects that can be packaged with nick holden to try and bring in a centerman. i have faith in zib as the 1C but after that it seems that everyone is out of place

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm

    A littler higher dollar-wise than I think he’s demonstrated he’s worthy of, as of yet. But, with the lack of centers, what choice did GMJG have but to give the kid what he wanted? I’m not worried that Z-bad won’t improve and eventually be worth this contract, I’m just a little perturbed that he was able to, more or less, strong-arm management like this.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 12:59 pm

      Considering that 4 of the 5 years Mika just signed for are UFA years, the Rangers received a solid bargain on this contract. There is a good chance that Mika becomes a 65 point center getting paid like a 45 point center for most of this contract.

      I think your perception of the negotiations is way off. Mika had to be tough since the Rangers (correctly) wanted to buy his UFA years. If the Rangers just wanted to sign him for one year, then Mika would have gladly signed for $4M weeks ago, and waited until next summer to sign a monster 7 year $42M~$49M contract on the open market. Mika decided to leave plenty of cash on the table and opted for some security while still leaving himself the ability to sign one more monster contract in 2022, at the end of this new deal.

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 8:33 pm

        Getting 5 years for the same per year cap hit as the ask for one?


        • Jul 27, 2017 at 9:37 am

          Basically, yeah! Though don’t discount that Mika gets some security in this deal. That’s important for a guy that just suffered a broken leg.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 12:56 pm

    Yet another solid achievement by Gorts. Really liking the work this guy is doing.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm

      Totally agree…….Like this deal and feel this team is a playoff caliber team AND also feel that this Rangers front office is not done yet…..Gut says 1 or 2 more moves coming yet no clue what tho….LETS GO RANGERS !!!!!

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    Another rich contract, hopefully Zibanejad won’t be passive like Stepan after he got that big contact from the NYR a few year ago.

    And now it’s time to buyout Marc Staal. NYR has 48 hours? to do it.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    it is time for Mika for an expanded role let’s see him play with heart and guts

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    The only concern I have is with the term. 5 year contract is enough to make a player lazy.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    For those rooting for a Marc Staal buyout, here’s the annual cap hit over the next eight (8) years (according to CapFriendly)

    ’17-’18: $2,133,333
    ’18-’19: $2,133,333
    ’19-’20: $3,133,333
    ’20-’21: $3,933,333
    ’21-’22: $1,433,333
    ’22-’23: $1,433,333
    ’23-’24: $1,433,333
    ’24-’25: $1,433,333

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 3:03 pm

      ’19-20 and ’20-21 are tough pills to swallow…but it still might be worth it. I look at it as paying full value to have him hurt the on-ice product vs. saving a little at least in the worst years, more others, and not having him hurt the on-ice product, but also having him affecting the cap for longer.

      The wisest move may be to park him in the press box this season and then buy him out next off-season…but, Alain Vigneault and all. This whole Staal situation is not a decision I’d want to have to make as a GM – and, especially if I wasn’t even the GM who gave him a silly contract with a silly NMC.

    • Jul 25, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I think a lot of ranger fans can live with 1.43 mil of dead cap space for the final 4 years of the buyout. If he stays on the team then the cap hit is going to be even higher than any of those numbers for the next four years that he has a contract for. The rangers can save cap space as well as rid themselves of an old, slow, worn down defenseman with concussion and vision problems.

      • Jul 25, 2017 at 4:54 pm

        No, if the Rangers wait until next summer to buy out Staal, the 24-25 cap hit vanishes and in each of the remaining 6 years the cap hit is slightly lower than it would be if Staal was bought out this week.

        2018-19 $2,055,556
        2019-20 $3,055,556
        2020-21 $3,855,556
        2021-22 $1,355,556
        2022-23 $1,355,556
        2023-24 $1,355,556

        Unless the Rangers have a real plan on what to do with an extra $3.6M in cap space for just this year, they would be better off waiting on a Staal buy out. Who knows, something unbelievable could happen, Marc could retire or he could recoup some value and become a somewhat desirable trade target.

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 7:53 pm

    The Summer of Gorton continues…

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 9:17 pm

    Big committment by the Rangers for a young center who hasn’t yet proved he is the real deal. While Zib has potential and some upside, it too early to tell whether or not he will live up to expectations.Still more cap room to add some depth in the forwards positions. Shane Doan is out there, can still play 2 way hockey and will mentor the Rangers’ young forwards. Why not sign him to a one year contract?

  • Jul 25, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    Good signing, and if E3 is right and there are no NMC and no NTC, this is an excellent signing!

    Today is a good day!

  • Jul 26, 2017 at 4:06 am

    Very VERY glad we signed Zib, for one thing. Surprised he got exactly what he asked for, for another. Rarely happens that way. One thing that does concern me with his new price tag is whether this signifies that HE is the one NYR has deemed to be THE 1C going forward. While Mika’s got tons of game changing potential – and we saw glimpses of it in Game 3 vs OTT – still a very big unknown whether he can be the elite 1C this team so desperately needs rather than simply taking that top spot by default as Brass and Step did before him. The other thing that’s disconcerting is relying on Kevin Hayes to be a go-to center for a guy like Rick Nash as Brooksie pontificated, but that’s for another day. In the meantime, pretty clear that for this organization to get a true 1C sooner, some major cap offloading would need to be done to make room. We shall see…..As The Blueshirt Turns….. 🙂

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