Rangers’ 11-year path to avoid arbitration trials continues.
Brendan Lemieux, the team’s last restricted freelance employee this season, has agreed to a two-year contract with an average annual value of $ 1.55 million, The Post’s Larry Brooks reported on Friday morning. Rangers and Lemieux were prepared to appear in front of a referee some time later in the day.
Acquired by Rangers in February 2019 from the Jets, Lemieux scored three goals and three assists in 19 games during the 2018-19 season. Last season, he produced six goals and 12 assists in 59 games.
Lemieux mainly served in a gritty, fourth-line role during his time with Rangers. The son of the remarkable NHL coach, Claude Lemieux, the 24-year-old winger brings an advantage and the physicality to a young Rangers club.
During Rangers̵7; qualifying match against Hurricanes, Lemieux was suspended for the first two games because of an interfering blow to Avalanche’s head forward Joonas Donskoi in a game on March 11. He returned to the team for Game 3, but Rangers were eventually wiped out by Carolina.