The Rangers have announced the re-signing of forward J.T. Miller. Miller’s agent, Scott Bartlett, announced that the deal carries a cap hit of $2.75MM. Miller will earn a base salary of $2.5MM in 2016-17 plus a signing bonus of $250K while earning a salary of $2.75MM in 2017-18. He will be a restricted free agent at the conclusion of the contract with a required qualifying offer of $2.75MM.
The 23-year-old Miller had 43 points (22-21) in 82 games last season, good for a tie for fifth on the team in points. In five playoff games, Miller had three assists which ranked third in team scoring. In 196 career games with the Rangers, the former first rounder (15th overall in 2011) has 76 points (37-39).
With Miller’s signing, both parties avoid arbitration which had been scheduled for August 2nd. The Rangers now only have Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes, Dylan McIlrath, Tommy Hughes and Marek Hrivik as restricted free agents. They sit $9.675MM under the salary cap according to Cap Friendly.