Goalkeeper Alexandar Georgiev and defenseman Tony DeAngelo, both of the New York Rangers, avoided wage arbitration by agreeing to two-year contracts on Thursday.
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DeAngelo to command $ 2.8 million annual salary, network says TSN.
The 24-year-old full-back has proven to be a critical offensive asset to the Rangers’ success in 2019-20. In 68 games, the New Jersey native has set personal highs for goals (15), assists (38) and points (53). It was also the highest total of points for a defender of the team since Brian Leetch in 2001-2002 (55).
Nineteenth overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, by the Arizona Coyotes, DeAngelo played three seasons in the Rangers uniform. He added an assist in three playoff games.
As reported by the specialized site CapFriendlyGeorgiev, 24, will earn an average of $ 2.425 million annually after becoming a compensated free agent on Friday. He also had a virtual meeting with the referee on October 31.
Following the departure of Henrik Lundqvist, Georgiev should be entitled to his share of work in front of the “Blueshirts” net next season, just like Igor Shesterkin. In 2019-20, he posted a 17-14-2 record, a 3.04 goals against average and a .910 save rate.
Never drafted into the National League, the Bulgarian native has played 77 games since making his debut on the Bettman Tour in 2017-18.