The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Brendan Lemieux Jersey.
Lemieux, 24, skated in 59 games with the Rangers this past season, registering six goals and 12 assists for 18 points, along with 111 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, penalty minutes, and hits (164). Lemieux ranked second in the NHL in penalty minutes and tied for fifth in the league in major penalties (five) this past season. In addition, he ranked third in the NHL (min. 30 games played) in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time (2.53) and ranked seventh in the NHL in penalties drawn (32) in 2019-20. Lemieux led the Rangers in penalties drawn and ranked second on the team (led team forwards) in hits this past season, and the Rangers posted a 12-3-1 record in games which he registered a point in 2019-20. He also skated in one game during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
The New York Rangers announced today that the team has agreed to terms with restricted free agent forward Ryan Strome Jersey.
Strome, 27, skated in 70 games with the Rangers this past season, registering 18 goals and 41 assists for 59 points, along with a plus-21 rating and 48 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in several categories in 2019-20, including assists, points, and average ice time (19:35), and he was one goal away from tying his career-high. Strome was also one of only four Rangers who skated in each of the team’s 70 regular season games this past season. He tied for 27th in the NHL in assists and tied for 18th in the NHL in primary assists (27) in 2019-20; he also tied for sixth among NHL centers in primary assists and tied for 12th among NHL centers in assists during the season. Strome was one of only two NHL forwards who logged at least 200:00 of power play ice time and at least 150:00 of shorthanded ice time this past season (along with Ryan O’Reilly), and he was one of three NHL centers who registered 59 or more points and a plus-20 rating or better during the season (along with Brayden Point and Sean Couturier). Strome also tallied two assists in three games during the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers.
The 6-1, 193-pounder has skated in 491 career NHL games over parts of seven seasons (2013-14 – 2019-20) with the NY Islanders, Edmonton, and the Rangers, registering 95 goals and 159 assists for 254 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 268 penalty minutes. Strome has also skated in 133 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), recording 36 goals and 56 assists for 92 points, along with a plus-19 rating and 98 penalty minutes. Since he was acquired by the Rangers from Edmonton on November 16, 2018, he is the only player who has skated in each of the Blueshirts’ 133 regular season games, and he ranks third on the team in goals and points over the span. Strome has also tallied 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 18 career playoff games.
The Mississauga, Ontario native was originally selected by the NY Islanders in the first round, fifth overall, of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
The 6-1, 213-pounder has skated in 131 career NHL games over parts of three seasons (2017-18 – 2019-20) with Winnipeg and the Rangers, registering 19 goals and 17 assists for 36 points, along with 240 penalty minutes. Lemieux is one of two NHL players who have recorded at least 100 penalty minutes in each of the last two seasons (along with Evander Kane). He ranked second in the NHL (min. 20 games played) in minor penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time in 2018-19 (2.63), and he leads the NHL (min. 20 games played) in penalties drawn per 60 minutes of ice time since the start of the 2018-19 season (2.84). Lemieux has skated in 78 games with the Rangers over parts of two seasons (2018-19 and 2019-20), registering nine goals and 15 assists for 24 points, along with 155 penalty minutes.
The Denver, Colorado native was originally selected by Buffalo in the second round, 31st overall, of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lemieux was acquired by the Rangers from Winnipeg on February 25, 2019.