Rangers bring back Brendan Lemieux on two-year deal

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Brendan Lemieux Rangers white sweater
Brendan Lemieux Rangers white sweater

The Rangers and forward Brendan Lemieux have reached an agreement on a two-year, $3.1 million deal that keeps the restricted free agent in New York as they continue to rebuild.

The 24-year-old played in 59 games for the blue shirts last season, scoring six goals and adding 12 assists for an 18 point season.

Lemieux had career highs across the board in 2019-2020, including assists, points, penalty minutes (111) and hits (164). His penalty minute total ranked second in the NHL.

For his career, the 6-1, 213-pound Lemieux has played in 131 NHL games between his time with the Winnipeg Jets and Rangers, and has a total of 36 points between his 19 goals and 17 assists.

Lemieux is one of two NHL players who have recorded at least 100 penalty minutes in each of the last two seasons.

The Denver, Colorado native was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the second round — 31st overall —of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Lemieux was acquired by the Rangers from the Jets on Feb. 25, 2019.