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Rangers re-sign Brady Skjei to six-year, $5.25 million deal

July 28, 2018, by
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Check another to-do off the list. Brady Skjei has re-upped long-term with the Rangers, signing for six years at $5.25 million per year. Skjei is likely going to slide in as the top pairing defenseman on the left side, and getting him long-term through his age-30 season is a very good move by Jeff Gorton.

The term and salary is fair for both sides, considering three UFA years were bought for this deal. It is expected that Skjei improves on his 4-21-25 season last year with a more stable coach and role. Overall, a great deal for both sides.

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  1. Reenavipul says:

    So how is it structured?

    • Reenavipul says:

      With it being 6 years, I would expect a seriously front loaded deal. The 1st couple of years being $7mm, ending at $3.5mm.

      • Mintgecko says:

        There goes any fantasy of trading or signing for Trouba. I think the NYR brass is content to see who fills out the next D core within 2-3 years.

  2. Richter1994 says:

    One word for this contract: Potential.

    More years and a little higher $$ than I would have thought, I was thinking 4 years for around $4.5M per, so bringing it to 6 years brings it to this cap hit, so the contract is fair along those lines.

    But this also assumes that Brady can play to his contract. Maybe not last year, which I do not count, but I think that he can going forward. Quinn will bring it out of him, IMO.

    • Reenavipul says:

      They’re making a commitment on term for sure, basically throwing last season away due to AV.

      If the new American TV contract is a doozy, then so is this contract as long as Skjei is 2nd pair or better *if the contract is right*

      • Richter1994 says:

        Right, a year or 2 down the road, this is 2nd pair money, so all he has to be is top 4 to play to his contract.

        I am surprised about the 6 years though.

        • Joe from Newburgh says:

          He’s only 24, so 6 years brings him to age 30. That works for me.

          • Richter1994 says:

            Yep, I agree, as long as he stays top 4, at least.

            McD showed a little more when he got his 6 years, though I think that Brady has the goods. He can skate well, so that’s 75% of the battle.

            • wwpd says:

              A lot of people were pretty hot on del zotto coming off his ELC too, he got a bridge deal. You win some you lose some eh?

              • Richter1994 says:

                MDZ was like Gropp is today, his junior stats were inflated because MDZ played with John Carlson and Stamkos (there was one other current NHL star on that team but I don’t remember who it was).

                He was not the offensive juggernaut to offset his incredibly bad D.

              • wwpd says:

                MDZ (I had to look this up obviously) had 10 goals 31 assists in 77 regular season games in the final season of his ELC and added another 2-8 in 20 playoff games. that puts him right up there with McDonagh’s best output, yet he got a 2-year bridge deal at 2.55M per, and we should be thankful that’s all. and while obviously MDZ was not half the defender that McD was at the same age, neither is Skjei.

              • Richter1994 says:

                MDZ did better earlier in his career but then wheels fell off completely.

                I am cautiously optimistic on Skjei going forward. The bottom line is that Brady has to be top 4 and this contract works. I think that he will be that.

                And if he proves to be a legit top pair D man, then this is a steal.

    • Swarty says:

      A little rich considering the NYR had all the leverage. But…we do know what he has and as mentioned above everyone on D sucked in AV’s scheme.

      What about NTC? You never know what is going happen in 4 or 5 or 6 years. I hope we didn’t put ourself into a corner with that.

      • Richter1994 says:

        Don’t know about specific terms yet as they have not been released yet. I checked Cap Friendly and they had nothing on NTC or anything like that.

  3. tanto says:

    I’m fine with both the term and the AAV on this contract. Better to give this type of money and 6 year term to a 24 year old than to older guys like Staal and Girardi — I doubt we’ll see a decline in his play. I expect him to revert back to the form we saw in his 1st year when the wheels of the defense hadn’t yet come off under the illustrious tutelage of our prior super-coach AV. I see this contract as somewhat akin to the one given McD.

  4. Dan says:

    I like it (both term and length) a lot. With the salary cap constantly rising, in a few years, only $5 mill for a top 4 defensemen is a steal, especially into his age 30 season. Reminds me of when we locked up McDonagh.

    Like Dave’s earlier post today, I’m also very optimistic about this year. I think Skej takes a big step forward. Not so much with his offensive side of the game (I think he stays around 30-40 points) but I think he’s going to turn into a rock for us on the backend. I liked what I saw from him in the playoff run back in 2017, and he was the only good player we had against Pittsburgh in 2016. And he was a rookie that year.

    Last year was a hot mess. I’m chalking it up to AV losing the room and his systems falling apart. I hope I’m right. Can’t wait for the season to start for this young team to come together.

    LGR!

  5. Peter says:

    A little more money, but if you want to lock him up for his best years, you have to pay. I like the six years because Brady is only 24.

  6. Rich S says:

    Love the move…..
    IMO this guy is a top pair D man…..he has size, speed, talent, physicality and youth…….I expect him to be much better without AV, HOWEVER with the lack of talent at forward and center expect a shooting gallery at Hank and the D men blamed for it…..
    A wise man once told me that the best defense is a good offense…….

  7. Mikeyyy says:

    Brady is going to be a monster. He’s so silky smooth when he skates.

  8. Walt says:

    Great job Jeff, now get the rest signed up!!!!!!

  9. carlos says:

    You have a 6’3, 24 y/o blue liner who does his homework in his own end, steady defensively, an excellent skater, home grown, good player from the US National DT to his collegiate days in Minn. – yeah I’ll take this future captain and forego the sophomore jinx – (and I am one of the few here who won’t blame AV for his down year – that’s on him). Skjei and many other rooks go through it (shoot, Leetch and Lidstrom had about 20 less points in 4-6 more games in their soph season – Leetch was like a -16 or -18 as good defensively as he was). Skjei should be fine and a top D in this league for a long time. I’m glad we took a vote for this kid – congrats Skjei!

    Sent from my iPad

    • Richter1994 says:

      Brooks just wrote an article saying that Hayes looks to be headed towards a one year deal making him a FA next year. This does not surprise me but if this is what’s going to happen then Gorton should have traded him already.

      Unless this is a negotiating ploy to get Hayes off his demands or 5-6 years for $5.5M to $6M per.

      • wwpd says:

        extreme measure to ensure there is a roster spot above 4th line for Lias?

        i kid, i kid! (but, maybe?)

        • Richter1994 says:

          LOL, well if Kevin is here then Lias is 4C, if Kevin is not then Lias is (probably) 3C with Howden 4C.

      • tanto says:

        $5.5m per for 6 years, sign me up. I believe in Hayes. Of course $5.25m per would make me happier.

        • Richter1994 says:

          I like Kevin too, but from what I have been hearing this offseason, it was 50/50 as to whether he would be here, even for this year.

          Kevin was asked about a lot by other teams for trade. But I think the Rangers were holding out for Trouba or Karlsson, using Hayes as the centerpiece for either one of those trades. Well, the trade costs are probably through the roof for both, so neither deal obviously happened.

          My buddy in AZ who knows people in the Yutes org says that the AZ GM would love to acquire Kevin, but that deal hasn’t happened either, but trust me, Gorton and Chayka speak all the time.

          So the only thing that I can surmise is that, maybe, Gorton put this out there to try and get Kevin’s demands lowered to try and sign him long term. A 2 year bridge works well too. The WORST scenario is a one year deal because then his trade value plummets and the Rangers will lose him for basically very little in return.

          • Carlos says:

            Richter – I still believe in Hayes. As for EK, he might end up in big D, now. Now the Yotes would an interesting place for Hayes, but what would we get back I wonder….

            • Richter1994 says:

              I’ve been told that a deal for Hayes to AZ is there if the Rangers want it.

              So I’m really wondering if this is all posturing to get Kevin to lower his demands, or create a sign and trade with someone.

              I cannot believe that the Rangers would do a one year deal here, it was would be the worst thing that they could do and a disaster.

    • tanto says:

      Part sophomore jinx but part AV as well. All structure in the defensive zone was lost last season … and it was pretty clear throughout much of the season that he was trying to do too much and that got him into a lot more trouble than his play the prior year — that and the loss of an in shape Brendan Smith on the right side.

  10. agentsmith says:

    this is just a bad deal, not in length as much as the money. other than skating and size what else does he do exceptionally well? and just because he is our top lefty doesn’t mean he is a number one pair d man.

  11. tanto says:

    “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how did you like the play?”

    His first year (and numbers) belie your comment.

  12. Richter1994 says:

    To summarize so far:

    1) Trade deadline deals, obviously the jury is out, but it appears like we got nice pieces back in Miller (drafted), Howden, Hajek, Lindgren, and Rykov.
    2) Hiring of coach Quinn. HOORAY!!
    3) Drafting of Kravtsov appears to be a hidden coup (Kuznetsov comparable?).
    4) Claesson signing was a smart and very low risk signing. Possible 3rd pair D man.
    5) McLeod signing. WTF were they thinking? Chris Stewart is out there and probably could be had for a one year, $1M contract. Better fighter and can play the game. Stupid signing for a washed up player who can’t even fight, nor shouldn’t because he will get himself seriously hurt.
    6) The signings/trades they did not make: Fiscal restraint seems to be in order, FINALLY.
    7) Vesey and Skjei signings, the jury is out (obviously) but neither contract is so prohibitive that they can’t be traded down the road, if need be.
    8) Hayes and Spooner to be dealt with. Signing Hayes to a one year deal would be a complete disaster by lowering his trade value to virtually nothing. Signing him to a 2 year deal or long term deal would at least allow the Rangers to possibly trade him down the road. Spooner is an after thought player and has no future with the Rangers. He will be dealt at some point.

    • Agentsmith says:

      Flip side: passing on wahlstrom, miserable day two at draft, overpaying skjei for like no reason…..

      Given that brooks artice, I’d look to deal hayes ….now.

      Spooner is window dressing.

      • Richter1994 says:

        There are metrics (stats) out there (I’m not good at posting them) that Krav is better than Wahlstrom, based on production and the level of competition.

        Krav had only 7 pts in 35 regular KHL games but he was 17 playing against players (adults) in the 2nd best hockey league in the world. He played sheltered minutes on the 3rd line to start. Then put up 11 pts in 16 playoff games when he was elevated to top 6, not even players like Kuznetsov did that at such a young age.

        Wahlstrom, as much as I wanted him, did get extremely favorable stats playing with Jack Hughes and Joel Farabee as his linemates. This line was by far and away the best line in the US Development league, as both Wahlstrom and Farabee went top 20 in this year’s draft and Hughes is the projected top player in next year’s draft, or the 2019 version of Auston Matthews. All this production vs their own aged players.

        As a result, you have to take Wahlstrom’s stats with a grain of salt. I’m not saying he’s not a good player, he is, but his stats are inflated, similar to when Gropp played with Barzal in juniors. Sprong was the pick in that 2nd round (in the Hagelin trade), not Gropp, who appears to be a bust. Sprong would already be on the Rangers right now as he’s getting a pt per game on the Pens’ AHL team.

        I like where we are with Krav, who will be here after his KHL season is over.

        • agentsmith says:

          ive read all the reports*, fancy metrics. its tough when you have limited visual information on our pick. its also tough when you have FIVE first round picks and one makes the athletics top 50 drafted prospects list. easily could have had 3.

          *seems like the caveat to wahlstrom is his mobility. pronman kept mentioning this and even scott wheeler in his blurb says “he’s not a breakaway skater”

          • Richter1994 says:

            The fact of the matter is that some do not put a lot of weight on the US Development league in comparison to let’s say the KHL or SEL.

            But honestly, just from a common sense standpoint, Krav is playing against adults and Wahlstrom against teenagers, so temper your evaluation on Wahlstrom.

            And trust me, I was pissed at first, but then did my homework and realized that maybe the Rangers are right.