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Rangers Extend Contract of J.T. Miller

J.T. Miller (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)

J.T. Miller (Drew Hallowell/Getty Images)


The New York Rangers and forward J.T. Miller avoided arbitration with a two-year bridge deal on Tuesday. The contract is worth just over 2.6 million per year – an increase from Miller’s previous contract worth $900,000 a year- which will be the first of many pay upgrades in the career for Miller.

For the Rangers this deal is a positive one. It gives them a chance to hold on to Miller for a couple more seasons and see his potential growth, it also gives them a chance to have some wiggle room in terms of salary cap options for the present and if Miller exceeds expectations a chance to pay him what he will fully deserve in a couple years time.

If the Rangers go in a different direction in a year’s time and start to sell off pieces then Miller will be an affordable and good contract to send to a contender for a decent return.

For 2016 the Rangers ability to hold on to young talent like Miller is essential  because they do not have much room with which to work currently under the salary cap and could not afford to potentially go to arbitration and risk paying Miller more than they wanted to.

I believe that Miller, with his new contract, and without the stress of arbitration, will perform at a high level next season for the team next season which will reward both player and franchise for getting a good deal done.

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