Rangers sign Yegor Rykov to entry level contract

The last of the Russians has signed, as defenseman Yegor Rykov has inked a two-year ELC with the Rangers. Rykov, acquired from the Devils in the Michael Grabner trade. Rykov had modest offensive numbers this year in the KHL, putting up 3-6-9 in 43 games with Sochi, but the 22 year old defenseman made significant strides and is likely to have an NHL impact sooner rather than later.

With Rykov in the mix, the Rangers have completed their goal of signing the Russian Three to ELCs. Earlier this month both Igor Shestyorkin and Vitali Kravtsov inked ELCs.

Rykov’s deal does have a European-out clause. He’s not guaranteed a spot in the NHL with it, but it’s worth noting.

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  • Not saying it will turn out this way, but if he’s 3rd pair in Hartford, he’ll be back in the KHL well before Halloween.

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      Most times I agree with your posts, but here I think you may be way off. He is a solid stay at home d-man, on the right side, with size and skill, he will surprise many here on this site!!!!!!

      If we don’t get Trouba in a trade, your off base, if we do, well that may well be another story!!!!

    • Let me correct myself, Rykov is a lefty, and send Staal to the press box!!! I forgot that, thinking about Trouba when I posted.

    • Staal and hank retires in the offseason and we buyout smith.

      Not that I don’t like hank. But it’s time.

      • The only thing that I see happening with Hank is that he goes back to Gorton and says that he won’t split time with Georgie and Shesty. And asks to be moved.

        But I put that at slim to none.

        Like it or not, pencil in Staal for 3rd pair D.

  • Good work JG, I was worried about signing this kid. This may be the last straw for #44, Rykov could anchor the third pair right side, and could be the end of Pionk, along with Clausson!

    Welcome aboard young man!!!!!!!!!!!

  • this is more great news. It’s time to move out a bunch of folks; namely Shatty, Pionk and Claesson. I’d move Smith too if possible, but he can be 7 D or 4th line forward. We’d be looking at 3 to 4 rookies on D, but after they way they played last year, that’s fine by me. And with Rykov signed this should be a signal to not chase Karlsson or others quite frankly.

    With Rykov, Fox, Hajek, Kravtsov, Kakko or Hughes, Shesterkin and maybe even Lindgren that’s a lot of rookies next year…but a very bright future.

  • I don’t want to hear any more Karlson chatter, he is neither needed nor wanted! Let’s just go with the kids, I really think we may have some talent there! Gorton has done a great job with this rebuild and now we need to just let the kids learn and mature.

  • Let’s remember that he was only a fifth round pick, he hasn’t played on a top KHL team, and his biggest contribution is playing lots of minutes. There may be something there, but he hasn’t really shown it … yet.

    • You have to remember that some Russian players’ draft positions are determined by their probability of playing in the KHL.

      Rykov, obviously, chose the KHL, and signed with the Rangers only because he has an out clause if he decides to go back to the KHL.

      He played big minutes, and while may not light up the scoreboard, is a very good and steady defender.

  • Defending in the KHL is a completely different kettle of fish and we haven’t had much luck lately with Russian D.

    118 days until Traverse City.

  • Smith might be going to the 4th line if he cannot be moved, I would wait until next yea to buyout Staal or Smith,

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