Friday, July 15, 2011

Rangers Re-Sign Brian Boyle; JT Miller To Play In OHL

Sure enough, one day after I posted that there was no news going on regarding the Rangers, the team announced today that it has re-signed Brian Boyle to a 3-year, $5.1 million deal, which comes out to $1.7 million per season. The terms of the deal were confirmed by Larry Brooks on Twitter.

The deal is about $500,000 more per year than I would've liked to see Boyle sign for, but it's hard to complain. The Rangers aren't strapped for cap space, so it's not like giving him an extra couple of $100,000 will hurt the team. And if Boyle goes onto come close to repeating his offensive numbers from his breakout season last year the deal will actually look like a bargain. I know that's what the Rangers are hoping for. Boyle, of course, scored 21 goals and 14 assists for 35 points last season - all career highs.

Also, some surprising news regarding the Rangers' 2011 first round draft pick, J.T. Miller. According to The Pipeline Show, instead of playing college at North Dakota next year, which he was originally committed to,  J.T. Miller will instead be playing hockey next season in the OHL with the Plymouth Whalers. Why would he do this? Well, it seems like Miller plans to turn pro sooner rather than later and wants to get acclimated to the pro hockey style of play. It's somewhat ironic, though, that the two top prospects in the Rangers' system (Ryan McDonagh and Derek Stepan) jumped directly from playing college hockey to playing in the NHL last year. But hopefully the kid can take his time playing over there and let his game develop for the next several years until the Rangers give him a real look at training camp.

And finally, the Rangers also agreed to undisclosed terms with RFA Andreas Thuresson, who was acquired earlier this month from the Nashville Predators in exchange for Brodie Dupont. He'll open the season in Connecticut and provide some depth at forward.

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