Rangers Resign F Brendan Lemieux

After declining to sign his qualifying offer of $874,125, Brendan Lemieux has finally agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on a one-year contract. French Canadian reporter Renaud Lavoie says that Brendan Lemieux’s contract will come in at $925,000, approximately $50,000 above his qualifying offer.

Brendan Lemieux was acquired in the trade which sent Kevin Hayes to Winnipeg in February. Lemieux put up 3 goals and 3 assists along with a whopping 44 penalty minutes in the 14 games he played with the Rangers following the trade, and while his offense is not integral to the Rangers, Lemieux has something that many Rangers don’t; a unique blend of intensity and physicality. Teams nowadays do not like to add players to their lineup which don’t contribute offensively. Instead, they opt to give fourth line time to young and promising players. The age of a “tough and gritty” fourth line is gone. Lemieux is not only tough and willing to fight however, as shown in Winnipeg, Lemieux also has a scoring touch. Lemieux was underutilized in Winnipeg. In the 44 games prior to his trade last season, Lemieux was averaging 7:25 in time on ice even though his shooting percentage (goals per shots taken) was 23.3 percent, and his linemates in Winnipeg were nothing but stellar. If Lemieux can shoot at even half of his impressive Winnipeg shooting percentage while protecting and sticking up for his teammates, he will be an effective player for the Rangers.

Brendan Lemieux’s resigning could not come at a better time as training camp begins with physicals tomorrow, September 12. The Rangers will now shift their focus towards resigning their only remaining RFA, defenseman Tony DeAngelo who was issued the same qualifying offer as Lemieux, $874,125.

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