A key RFA this offseason has been locked up, as the NY Rangers re-sign Filip Chytil to a 4 year contract with a cap hit of just $4.4375 million. To say the deal is nothing short of a master class might actually be an understatement, as Chytil’s contract was projected to be in the $5 million range initially. Naturally, this gives the Rangers more wiggle room with other key RFA’s this offseason.
Chytil was a unique RFA, where a two year bridge deal would have walked him right to unrestricted free agency at just 25 years old. Now the Rangers have Chytil through his age-27 season with an opportunity for one more long term deal. Naturally, this works for both player and team, as the cap hit is low enough for the Rangers to maneuver, and high enough for Chytil to nearly double his salary with another big payday coming.