The New York Rangers are bringing back a familiar face to their goaltending depth chart. CapFriendly reports that the team has re-signed netminder Adam Huska to a one-year, two-way deal for the 2021-22 season. It pays $750,000 in NHL salary and $80,000 in minors salary.
Huska, who hails from Zvolen, Slovakia, re-signs with the only NHL organization he’s ever known. Now 24 years of age, Huska was drafted by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. Huska’s spent most of his development playing in North America, including a three-year stint with the University of Connecticut. He’s only spent the last two full seasons playing professionally in the Rangers organization, though, and that’s not counting a pre-season loan this season to Huska’s hometown team.
Despite not putting up spectacular numbers at the AHL level, Huska’s showed signs of promise at the ECHL level with the Maine Mariners and overseas. However, if Huska does want a long-term shot with the Rangers, he’ll likely need to demonstrate solid improvement at the AHL level this season in Hartford. If not, he runs the risk of not being qualified by the team when he’s a restricted free agent again next season. There’s still upside in his game, and could eventually challenge for NHL starts, but he’ll need to give the Rangers a reason to believe sooner rather than later.