Rangers Extend Contract of Veteran Center & Key Contributor

The Rangers have re-signed Jonny Brodzinski, a center and minor-league standout, to a two-year, one-way extension worth $1.575MM, rewarding his career-high performance and significant role on the team’s third line.

Big news for Rangers fans! They’ve locked down Jonny Brodzinski with a two-year extension. That’s right, the announcement dropped Wednesday. And guess what? It’s a one-way deal. The cap hit? A cool $787.5K, according to insiders Peter Baugh and Mollie Walker.

So, what’s the total takeaway for Brodzinski? A neat $1.575MM. Not too shabby, huh? Especially considering he’s 30 and was on the brink of hitting UFA status for the third time this summer. Before this, he was wrapping up a $1.525M deal signed back in 2022.

Brodzinski’s been kind of a big deal on the Rangers’ third line. Despite the team grappling with Filip Chytil’s season-ending injury since November, Brodzinski’s stepped up. With four goals and 15 points in 37 games, he’s been a rock. And let’s not overlook those possession numbers.

Playing alongside William Cuylle and Kaapo Kakko, he’s hit career highs in games and points. Seriously, this year’s been a game-changer for him. It’s his biggest NHL moment since a stint with the Kings in the 2017-18 season. Remember that? Only six points in 35 games.

Before this one-way contract, Brodzinski was grinding it out. Drafted by Los Angeles in 2013, he’s always been on the cusp. He did snag a one-way salary of $650K back in 2018-19 with the Kings, but that was part of a two-year deal.

Oh, and his AHL game? Stellar. As the Hartford Wolf Pack’s former captain, he’s been a point-per-game player for four seasons straight. Since jumping into pro hockey in 2015 after college, he’s racked up 267 points in 313 AHL games. His journey’s taken him from the Kings to the Rangers, with a brief detour to the Sharks.

This season’s been a standout for Brodzinski, hitting a career-high 0.41 points per game. And looking ahead? He’s set to earn $775K in 2024-25 and $800K the following year. Once this contract’s up, he’ll be a UFA again. Time flies, doesn’t it?

Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson
Alex Thompson is a Senior Writer for HockeyMonitor. With a background in Sports Media, Alex joined the team in 2022. He focuses on providing the latest hockey news, game scores, and fresh NHL trade rumors.

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