New York Rangers, center Mika Zibanejad agree to eight-year, $68 million contract

A $68 million eight-year agreement has been reached between the New York Rangers' top center Mika Zibanejad and the New York Rangers.
Zibanejad (28 years old) will be able to count $8.5million against the salary cap starting next season and continuing through 2029-30. Zibanejad was a point per game player last season, scoring 24 goals and 26 assists in 50 matches.

First-year general manager Chris Drury stated that Mika has been a top player in the NHL since joining the team in 2016. Mika is a fantastic player on the ice and an outstanding person off the ice. We are grateful to have him in our Rangers team and we are thrilled that he will continue his career here.

Since the Rangers purchased Zibanejad from Ottawa in 2016, he has scored 283 points in 323 regular season games. He has scored 434 points in 604 regular season games with the Senators and Rangers, and 19 more in playoffs.

New York now has Zibanejad, and forwards Artemi Pantarin and Chris Kreider have been signed for at most the next five seasons. Drury could sign a new contract with Norris Trophy-winning defenseman Adam Fox who is currently in his final season of his entry level deal.

The Rangers will open the season Wednesday against the Washington Capitals.