Rangers ink Kravtsov to 1-year extension

Posted: 12/06/2022 in NHL
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The New York Rangers gave their fanbase some good news the morning after the club was eliminated from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Vitali Kravtsov signed a one-year, one-way contract extension, his agent Dan Milstein confirmed Sunday.

The pact is worth $875,000, reports Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

New York left the young forward off the opening-night roster, and Kravtsov was apparently unhappy he didn’t make the team. The Rangers reportedly permitted Kravtsov to seek a trade in October before loaning him to the KHL. He returned to play for Traktor Chelyabinsk, where he began his pro career and played parts of the five previous seasons.

Kravtsov produced six goals and seven assists over 19 games with the latter squad in 2021-22, adding seven more tallies and three more helpers in 15 playoff games overseas this spring.

In terms of his NHL status, Kravtsov was a pending restricted free agent without arbitration rights. To keep him under team control, New York would have given him a qualifying offer worth a nearly identical value to the contract he ultimately signed, according to CapFriendly.

The Rangers drafted the 22-year-old Russian winger ninth overall in 2018.

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