Friday, July 8, 2011

Rangers Re-Sign Artem Anisimov

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Update: Andrew Gross is now reporting that the deal will pay Anisimov $1.875 per season for the two years. Earlier in the summer I had surmised that Anisimov would get $1.8 million so I was in the area, but credit to Dave Shapiro for going with $1.85 million and being even closer.

Andrew Gross is reporting that the New York Rangers have agreed to a two-year deal with center Artem Anisimov.  The deal for Anisimov would mark the second restricted free agent to sign today with MichaelSauer also getting a two-year deal earlier.  The Anisimov deal getting done is not that surprising considering Andy Strickland reported Saturday that Anisimov would re-sign in relatively short order after the Richards deal was done.

Anisimov, 23, showed improvements in his second season scoring 18 goals and adding 26 assists while playing all 82 games.  There is still room for growth in Anisimov's game as he needs to improve his strength and be more aggressive to reach his potential as a possible 60 point player in the NHL.