Ryan Lindgren agreed to a three-year, $9 million contract with the New York Rangers on Monday. It has an average annual value of $3 million.
The 23-year-old defenseman scored 16 points (one goal, 15 assists) and was plus-20 rating in 51 games this season. Lindgren, who set NHL career highs in points, plus/minus and hits (98), could have become a restricted free agent after this season.
Lindgren missed the last five games of the season with an upper-body injury sustained in a 4-0 loss to the New York Islanders on April 29. He went head-first into the curved glass at the end of the Rangers bench at 4:29 of the third period.
The Rangers lost five of their last six games and will finish fifth in the MassMutual East Division. The top four teams qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“I’m feeling a lot better,” Lindgren said Monday. “Obviously never like missing games, especially at the end of the season, but just needed to take some time. I’m feeling better and better each day. Excited for the training and the offseason.”
Lindgren has played 116 NHL games, all for the Rangers, who acquired him in a trade with the Boston Bruins on Feb. 25, 2018. He has scored 30 points (two goals, 28 assists) and is plus-30, and has one assist in three postseason games.
Lindgren received the Players’ Player Award, given annually to the Rangers player who “best exemplifies what it means to be a team player.”
“It’s a huge honor having guys on the team vote for it,” Lindgren said. “Obviously there’s a lot of guys that could have won this award but I’m very honored. It definitely means a lot to me and it’s very special. It’s very cool to hear I won that. Very excited.”
Rangers forwards Pavel Buchnevich, Filip Chytil, Julien Gauthier and Brett Howden, defenseman Libor Hajek and goalie Igor Shesterkin each can become a restricted free agent after the season. Forward Phillip Di Giuseppe, and defensemen Brendan Smith and Jack Johnsoneach can become an unrestricted free agent.