Rangers re-sign Matt Puempel

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The Rangers have re-signed forward Matt Puempel, which now makes them compliant with the expansion draft. The terms of Puempel’s deal were not disclosed. The contract is for one year and $725,000.

Puempel was plucked off waivers from Ottawa last season, and put up 6-3-9 in 27 games while playing primarily on the fourth line. It was necessary to re-sign Puempel (or Fast/Lindberg) before the expansion draft, as the Rangers were not compliant until they had him signed.

It’s unlikely Puempel is selected by Vegas. Expect him back next year, serving as a 13/14F.

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  • Now they are not up against the wall with Lindberg and Fast who could have really leveraged the Rangers with contract negotiations.

  • Hey Dave, I have another irrelevant question, is there any chance that the crossed out text function could be made available?

    Back to Puempel, obviously a solid move here. I liked how the kid played.

  • This move is so obviously good that it is hard to see how we didn’t anticipate it. A solid fifth line forward at worst, a contract small enough that it can be buried in Hartford (and if he is claimed on waivers, the Rangers are just back to where they started). He was cheaper than Pirri and had less room to bargain than Fast or Lindberg. The only surprise was he was willing to take a 20% salary cut. I am guessing the Rangers offered him a one way contract as an inducement (which, while it costs money, gives the added benefit of discouraging waiver claims from poor teams).

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