The New York Rangers and general manager Chris Drury announced the re-signing of veteran forward Jimmy Vesey to a two-year contract extension with an AAV of $800,000.
Vesey was brought back to the team during the offseason on a PTO and earned a spot on the opening-day roster with a strong training camp/preseason performance. The former third-round pick’s contract will now be expected to run through the 2024-25 NHL season.
The 29-year-old has recorded six goals and six assists for 12 points and a plus-4 rating in 38 games with the Blueshirts this season. Among forwards, Vesey ranks fourth in shorthanded time on ice with a 56:08 mark and is one of three Rangers with a shorthanded goal this season.
In 460 games with a previous stint with the Rangers, Sabres, Devils, and Canucks, Vesey has tallied 78 goals and 69 assists for 147 points.
The move allows the Rangers to still be aggressive if they so choose at improving the roster in key areas with the trade deadline drawing nearer. New York is expected to have over $1.6 million in cap space currently, and that is set to increase when the trade deadline draws closer.
Vesey was originally drafted by the Nashville Predators in the third round of the 2012 NHL Draft. He tallied three shots on goal and a takeaway in the Rangers’ 5-3 win over Carolina on Tuesday.