Rangers re-sign Julien Gauthier to one-year deal

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Rangers Julien Gauthier celebrates blue jersey
Rangers Julien Gauthier celebrates blue jersey

The Rangers have re-signed restricted free agent forward Julien Gauthier to a one-year deal, the team announced on Friday.

Gauthier signed a two-way contract for $775,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the minors with $325,000 guaranteed.

In 30 games during the 2020-21 season, Gauthier registered two goals and six assists for eight points and had 14 penalty minutes. He was drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes with pick No. 21 in the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, and traded to New York on Feb. 18, 2020.

He's recorded two goals and nine assists for 11 points, with 22 penalty minutes and 48 shots over his three-year career.

The Rangers may have brought Gauthier back in preparation 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.