The Rangers’ 11-year streak of avoiding arbitration hearings lives on.
Brendan Lemieux, the last of the team’s restricted free agents this offseason, agreed to a two-year deal with an average annual value of $1.55 million.
Acquired by the Rangers in February 2019 from the Jets, Lemieux recorded 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 has primarily served in a gritty, fourth-line role during his time with the Rangers. Son of notable NHL bruiser Claude Lemieux, the 24-year-old winger brings an edge and physicality to a young Rangers club.
During the Rangers’ qualifying round matchup against the Hurricanes, Lemieux was suspended for the first two games for an interference hit to Avalanche forward Joonas Donskoi’s head in a game on March 11. He rejoined the team for Game 3, but the Rangers were ultimately swept by Carolina.