Friday: The team has made the deal official, though no details were released.
Thursday: In the middle of the night after their playoff win, the New York Rangers did a little contract celebration, inking Steven Kampfer to a two-year extension according to Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports. It’s a two-way deal worth $650K each season in the NHL, while only paying $300K in the AHL. The 28-year old will now become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018-19 season.
Kampfer came over from the Florida Panthers in a mid-season trade that sent former first-round pick Dylan McIlrath down south. He had actually been traded to the Rangers prior to that in a deal for Joey Crabb, and will now stick around in the Big Apple for a while. At the time of the McIlrath trade, our own Zach Leach had this to say:
The University of Michigan product appeared to have a bright future in front of him playing for the Boston Bruins right out of college. However, as his play dropped off, the Bruins sold high on him at the 2012 NHL Trade Deadline in a deal with the Minnesota Wild for Greg Zanon. This time around, Kampfer will provide some experienced depth for the Rangers, but seems likely to still see significant AHL minutes throughout 2016-17.
Zach was right in predicting a stint in the AHL, as Kampfer would go on to play 43 games for the Hartford Wolfpack this season, with 10 matches for the Rangers sprinkled throughout. He scored 19 points at the AHL level and registered just two during his time in New York.
The right-handed shot defenseman still provides that depth for the Rangers, and is still expected to be mostly an AHL defender over the next two years. He doesn’t fill any expansion requirements for the Rangers, as he is 12 games short of the 70 needed over the last two years. Instead, New York will have to expose one of Kevin Klein or Nick Holden (or sign Brendan Smith to an extension).