1:59PM: Lindgren will be paid $2 million next season, $3 million in 2022-23 and $4 million in 2023-24.
He will still be an RFA when this contract expires and have one-year before becoming a UFA.
1:33PM: The Rangers have announced that Ryan Lindgren has agreed to a three-year contract extension.
Lindgren, 23, was slated to be a RFA this summer. He did not have arbitration rights.
Earlier today Lindgren was named the winner of the Players’ Player Award, “which is given annually to the Ranger who, as selected by his teammates, “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”
— Adam Fox (@foxyclean) May 10, 2021
From the Rangers:
- The 6-0, 191-pounder has skated in 116 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2018-19 – 2020-21), all with the Rangers, registering two goals and 28 assists for 30 points, along with a plus-30 rating and 90 penalty minutes.
- Since the start of his first full season in the NHL in 2019-20, Lindgren is tied for first among NHL defensemen in penalties drawn (42). In addition, his plus-36 rating since the start of the 2019-20 season is currently the ninth-best among NHL defensemen over the span.
- Lindgren established career-highs in several categories in 2020-21, including assists, points, plus/minus rating, and hits (98), and he led the team in plus/minus rating this season.
Adam Rotter: This is a pretty fair deal for both sides and locks in one of the Rangers toughest and most reliable defensive players. He and Adam Fox were one of the best defense pairs in the league and this contract ensures that they will be together as the Rangers turn the corner toward the playoffs and contending.
You could argue that the Rangers are overpaying a bit for Lindgren and that they could have used their leverage in contract talks to get him at a lower price, for at least for this season, but doing this deal avoids any potential arbitration headaches and brings cost certainty to one of their key defensemen.
He isn’t a flashy player, but he’s effective and his partnership and pairing with Fox is too important to mess with. He leads by example on the ice and had he been in the lineup against the Capitals last week you have to believe he would have gone after Tom Wilson. He has really assumed the role that Dan Girardi had for many years as the tough, reliable, always bruised, stitched up defenseman. Overall it’s a good deal for both sides and knocks one thing off of Chris Drury’s to-do list this summer.