The New York Rangers have officially announced that Chris Bigras, Steven Fogarty, Boo Nieves and Rob O’Gara accepted their qualifying offers and have re-signed with the team for next season. John Gilmour, who was eligible for arbitration but decided not to file, has also agreed to a one-year two-way deal. Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post gives us each player’s NHL salary next season:
- Bigras: $832,500
- Fogarty: $708,750
- O’Gara: $874,125
- Nieves: $709,750
- Gilmour: $650,000
Perhaps the player with the greatest chance at making an NHL impact among this group is Gilmour, who performed admirably in a 28-game sample last season. The Providence College standout signed with the Rangers in 2016 after failing to come to a contract with the Calgary Flames who had drafted him in the sixth round, and promptly found success at the AHL level. In 120 minor league games the last two seasons Gilmour registered 51 points despite the Hartford Wolf Pack really struggling to contend. In his brief NHL taste with the Rangers he recorded five points but registered positive possession statistics and showed off his strong skating ability.
That skating and relative youth—Gilmour turned 25 in May—are exactly what the Rangers are trying to bring to their defense corps as they navigate a rebuild, giving Gilmour an inside chance to play in the NHL this season. He is still waiver-exempt, but could potentially be a full-time player if he performs well enough in camp to impress new coach David Quinn who should be very familiar with Gilmour from his time in Hockey East with Boston University.