NHL free agency: Rangers bring back Pavel Buchnevich, avoid arbitration

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The third-year winger scored a career-high 21 goals last season.

NHL free agency: Rangers bring back Pavel Buchnevich, avoid arbitration

The third-year winger scored a career-high 21 goals last season.

The New York Rangers became the latest NHL team to avoid salary arbitration hearings this offseason when they agreed to terms with restricted free-agent winger Pavel Buchnevich on Friday night.

New York did not disclose the terms of their deal with the 24-year-old Buchnevich, but CapFriendly reports it is for two years and an average annual value (AAV) of $3.25 million.

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Buchnevich tallied 38 points in his third season with the Rangers, including a career-high 21 goals, in 2018-19. He also had a career-best seven-game point streak from March 16-31. He finished with 43 points (14-29-43) in the 2017-18 season.

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The Blueshirts were already over the $81.5 million salary cap prior to signing Buchnevich, so general manager Jeff Gorton will have plenty of work to do during the remainder of the offseason.

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