The New York Rangers reached an agreement with restricted free agent Tim Gettinger, re-signing him to a one-year contract. Today is the last chance for players to accept their official qualifying offer. In his case, it would have been a two-way offer worth $787.5K at the NHL level. PuckPedia reports that instead, Gettinger has agreed to a two-way deal that will carry an NHL cap hit of just $750K, though he has secured a better AHL salary at $125K.
Gettinger, 24, has been an injury call-up for a handful of games in each of the last four seasons, though they haven’t been very productive appearances. In 16 NHL games he still hasn’t scored a goal, with just one assist coming in the 2019-20 season. In the minor leagues though, the 6’6″ forward has been a force, throwing his weight around and contributing offensively whenever he can. In 45 games this season, he had 25 points for the Hartford Wolf Pack.
It’s unlikely that the fifth-round pick will ever become much of an offensive player at the NHL level but his size makes him a potential fourth-line option at some point down the road. In his 16 career games he has 40 hits, despite averaging just nine minutes of ice time, a pace that would put him among the league leaders if given a full 82-game season.
The Rangers have shown a preference for that kind of physicality in the bottom six, though there are already several players on the NHL roster that can provide it. With that in mind, Gettinger is likely ticketed for the minor leagues once again, unless injuries provide him another opportunity to jump into the lineup to start the year. In order to go to Hartford, he’ll need to clear waivers again, as he did last October.