#NYR do make a trade deadline addition: Rangers are close to signing 3rd-round pick Zac Jones out of UMass after winning the national title.
Jones will report to Rangers, he’s burning the first year of his deal and #NYR expect him to be in lineup after quarantine.
— Frank Seravalli (@frank_seravalli) April 12, 2021
Jones was a star in the Frozen Four this year, winning the title with UMass. He stood out across the board. The interesting thing is that he will be burning the first year of his ELC and will join the Rangers immediately. Seems odd to burn the first year of his ELC, but perhaps it was needed to get him to sign for next season.
While Jones will technically 'burn' yr 1 of his ELC this season… it would have been an ELC with one lesser yerar had he waited to sign next year. Immediate arbitration rights upon either expiry, too. So there's not any contractual difference re: 2021 vs 2022 in the big picture.
— HockeyStatMiner (@HockeyStatMiner) April 12, 2021
Update: Per Hockey Stat Miner, there was no difference between signing now and burning a year or signing next year. So this didn’t really factor into the decision.