Rangers, Brett Howden agree to one-year deal

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Brett Howden Rangers
Brett Howden Rangers

The Rangers and C Brett Howden have agreed on a one-year deal to keep him in New York -- for now -- the team announced Friday morning.

The one-year, one-way contract is worth $885,000.

Howden has been a bit of a disappointment since being taken 27th overall in the 2016 draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning and then traded to New York in 2018.

In 178 career games for the Rangers, he's scored 16 goals and assisted on 33 for 49 total points. In 2021, Howden appeared in 42 games -- the lowest total of his career -- and produced just seven points (one goal, six assists).

One reason why the Rangers may have brought back the struggling center is for the upcoming NHL Expansion Draft on July 21, when the newly formed Seattle Kraken will select one player from each team to join the 32nd team in the league.

Teams can protect seven forwards, three defenseman and one goalie on their roster from the draft.