Pavel Buchnevich

Pavel Buchnevich signs TWO-Year deal with the Rangers

The Rangers have announced that Pavel Buchnevich has agreed to a new contract.

The deal is for two-years and has a cap hit of $3.25 million, according to Larry Brooks.

He will be a restricted free agent when this contract expires.

Buchnevich was slated to have an arbitration hearing this Monday.

The Rangers will have a 48-hour buyout window that begins on Monday and ends at Wednesday at 5PM.

This season, Buchnevich had 21 goals and 17 assists for the Rangers in 64 games.

  • October: 10 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 12 shots, 14:39 per game
  • November: 4 games, 2 goals, 2 assists, 7 shots, 15:31 per game
  • December: 8 games, 1 goal, 1 assist, 5 shots, 15:46 per game
  • January: 11 games, 3 goals, 2 assists, 18 shots, 11:50 per game
  • February: 13 games, 3 goals, 6 assists, 32 shots, 15:34 per game
  • March: 15 games, 8 goals, 4 assists, 39 shots, 16:35 per game
  • April: 3 games, 1 goal, 6 shots, 18:28 per game

Buchnevich was scratched on 10/16, 10/30, 11/1 and 1/29, missed 13 games with a thumb injury in November and December and was held out of the Rangers game on 4/1 as a precaution.

Following his scratch on 1/29, Buchnevich had 12 goals and 11 assists in 32 games while putting 80 shots on goal in 16:12 per game.

Following the season, Buchnevich said that he is confident that he is a “good hockey player” and that he and David Quinn were both happy with he performed down the stretch.

Quinn said of Buchnevich near the end of the season:

3/24: “I think it’s the natural progression of a young player, there are peaks and valleys and I have talked about this a lot, guys just don’t come here and become great players over night. There is adversity that these players have to face to get to the next level and to have success at this level you need to do things that you probably haven’t had to do before and it’s a whole new level and learning experience and you compound the fact that he comes over here from Russia and English is his second language and there is a lot of hurdles for everybody. He wants to be great and sometimes there are battles with him but at the end of the day he has done a heck of a job over the last month.”

3/27: “he has certainly been much more consistent the last 5-6 weeks, he has produced offensively and there are a variety of reasons for it. I think guys grow at different times and sometimes you have to go through some ups and downs in your career before you learn. He’s playing much more honest hockey, getting to the areas he needs to get to to score goals, he’s not forcing plays offensively, he’s playing a more complete game and when you do that you are in better situations offensively and when you do that you can influence a game a lot more with how you are playing.”

4/6: “we’ve been on him about shooting pucks and he has shot more and his overall game has improved, that comes with maturity and as you get older you get wiser and make better decisions and understand the game a little better, I think that is what happened with Pavel, he’s understanding the full scope of hockey and becoming a more well-rounded player and he is getting rewarded statistically.”

Adam Rotter: It’s a fair deal for both sides and allows the Rangers to get a couple of more years to see if the Buchnevich we saw at the end of last year is going to be the Buchnevich we see moving forward. While there is, rightfully, so much focus on Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov and the Chytil, Howden, Andersson trio, Buchnevich is just 24 and could be one of the bridges from the old Rangers to the new Rangers. He’s going to be in the Rangers top-six, either with Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin or with Filip Chytil/Ryan Strome.

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What is going on with Pavel Buchnevich and Vlad Namestnikov?

Following the Rangers acquisition of Jacob Trouba in June, Darren Dreger tweeted that the Rangers “potentially” had forwards like Chris Kreider, Jimmy Vesey, Vlad Namestnikov and Pavel Buchnevich “in play.”

The Rangers moved Vesey on July 1 to Buffalo for a 2021 third-round pick while Kreider remains with the Rangers and is heading into the final-year of his contract.

Buchnevich is an RFA and his arbitration hearing is set for 7/29.

Namestnikov is slated to be a UFA following next season and has a cap hit of $4 million.

Larry Brooks wrote on June 20th that Buchnevich and Namestnikov, in the context of the Rangers needing to clear cap space, were “available” and listed them as “endangered species” on June 22.

Brooks wrote on July 2 that for the Rangers to extend Chris Kreider they would need to move Buchnevich and his potential two-year deal at between $3.2 million and $3.5 million.

Brett Cyrgalis wrote in the NY Post on June 18 that Buchnevich and Namestnikov, along with Vesey, have been “batted around” in trade rumors.

Cyrgalis wrote on Monday that in addition to figuring out what to do with Kreider, “also on the trade block would be” Buchnevich and Namestnikov.

Writers in Edmonton have wondered if Buchnevich would be a fit with the Oilers. (Edmonton Journal)

Adam Rotter: Just about every team in the league is running into the same issue of being unable to sign players until they move cash out. With just about everyone in that same position it’s hard to find teams that are able to take on money or even want to. The trade market is being held up by the RFAs that still need to be signed and no one is willing to sacrifice cap space or make secondary moves until those players are signed.

With Namestnikov the Rangers may have to entertain a buyout of the final-year of his contract. The cost for that would be $1.3 million per season this year and next but the $2.6 million saved for this year may be enough to get Tony DeAngelo or Brenden Lemieux signed. That isn’t the ideal route but it’s a more palatable buyout than either Kevin Shattenkirk or Brendan Smith would be. A trade where the Rangers eat half of his salary and get a conditional pick based upon performance or him staying where he is traded might be the most beneficial deal short and long-term.

I think that most of the chatter around Buchnevich is centered around teams calling on him and asking rather than the Rangers offering him up. It’s not impossible that they trade him but at 24-years old the Rangers would surely look for some higher end picks or prospects for him. I think it’s more likely that Buchnevich stays on a bridge-deal but we know that his situation, along with Jacob Trouba’s, will be settled within the next-two weeks because of arbitration.

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What Pavel Buchnevich said about his season and the Rangers

In an interview with Russian media, Pavel Buchnevich said the following about the Rangers (Championat):

  • “I am confident in myself that I am a good hockey player.”
  • He is not a 6-7 minute a night player and that once he was given the ice time he showed what he can do.
  • He and David Quinn had a meeting later in the season where Buchnevich expressed his thoughts, Quinn said his and they reached common “denominator.” He started to play better, felt confidence from Quinn and “everything turned out. He is pleased, I am pleased.”
  • He did not want to discuss his contract status as an RFA
  • He hopes to be in the playoffs next year and not sitting at home next April.
  • He gets a similar message after every season: to get stronger and put more pucks on net.
  • He spoke with Igor Shesterkin and answered questions about the team.
  • He has been more impressed with the highlights he has seen of Kaapo Kakko than those he has seen of Jack Hughes. He notes that Hughes draws comparisons to players like Patrick Kane and puts up a lot of points but is doing so against junior players. He says that Kakko is playing against men and showing “everything.”
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How Pavel Buchnevich played on Thursday against the Devils

11:56AM: After being scratched on Tuesday against the Flyers, Pavel Buchnevich played 12 minutes against the Devils.

He had an assist, 3 shots on goal and 1 hit while playing 2:44 in the first, 2:54 in the second and 6:22 in the third.

Buchnevich was moved up in the third period after Jimmy Vesey’s turnover led to a Devils goal.