Oakbank, Manitoba’s own Brett Howden has officially put pen to paper on a new contract that will see him serve the New York Rangers for the 2021-22 NHL season.
The one-year deal features an annual average value of $885K, to which will be his fourth season in the league, and second professional contract. Earning a slight raise of just over $50K from the 2020-21 season, Howden is expected to help lead the rebuild on Broadway with a team that has recently underwent significant changes to its front office.
After being drafted 27th overall by the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2016, the 23-year-old has spent the past three seasons with New York. He was dealt to the Rangers in a February 26, 2018 trade from Tampa that saw JT Miller and Ryan McDonagh go the other way.
With New York, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound forward has found a place within the team’s bottom-six forward group, putting up 16 goals, 49 points and 53 penalty minutes in 178 career NHL games. Last season, Howden managed just one goal, seven points and 11 penalty minutes in 42 regular season games.
This signing gives the Rangers further options for the upcoming Seattle Kraken Expansion Draft set for July 21. Now having Howden under contract for 2021-22, New York can choose to expose the forward as a potential pick of the Kraken.
With the emergence of forwards Kevin Rooney and Colin Blackwell, the Rangers were in a tough spot as to whom they would leave unprotected for the league’s newest franchise. New York is expected to protect fellow forwards Mika Zibanejad, Chris Kreider, Artemi Panarin, Pavel Buchnevich, Ryan Strome and Filip Chytil.