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Adam Fox, Rangers agree to seven-year contract extension

Adam Fox of the Rangers is introduced before

Adam Fox of the Rangers is introduced before the home opener against the Stars at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 14, 2021. Credit: Jim McIsaac

VANCOUVER, British Columbia — Practice at Rogers Arena had just ended Monday when Rangers general manager Chris Drury walked out of the locker room and into the interview room off to the side. Adam Fox walked in behind him.

Moments later, the Rangers announced they had agreed to terms with Fox — who won the Norris Trophy as the NHL’s top defenseman last season — on a seven-year contract extension. It is worth an average of $9.5 million per year, Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic reported.

"It’s obviously special for me,’’ Fox said of his new deal when reporters were ushered into the room to ask him about it. "I feel like I’ve been a part of the Rangers my whole life, from being a kid. And to have this opportunity now and to be with this organization for seven more years, it’s so special. And there’s no place I’d rather be.’’

Fox, 23, grew up a big Rangers fan in Jericho. He said that all those years ago, the dream was just to play for the team, not necessarily to make a fortune doing it.

"I’d love to tell you that I envisioned all this, but when I was going to Ranger games, I just wanted to be out there on the ice,’’ he said. "I didn’t think about the money, the trophies or anything like that. All of that’s kind of just gravy on top. And obviously, it’s special to be able to have all that, but for me, to be a Ranger, is just special.’’

The Rangers think having Fox is pretty special.

"I didn’t know the kid at all [before this season],’’ coach Gerard Gallant said. "I watched their games last year, and obviously the season he had last year was outstanding — to win the Norris Trophy as a 23-year-old player is incredible.

"And from what I’ve seen of this guy so far this year, what is it, nine games now? It’s incredible. Every night he plays well, he makes the right plays, his hockey IQ is outstanding. So we’re happy to have him.’’

Fox scored what proved to be the game-winning goal Sunday night in Seattle in the Rangers’ first game against the expansion Kraken, taking a pass from Artemi Panarin and whipping a shot through traffic past goaltender Philipp Grubauer at 12:10 of the third period. That broke a 1-1 tie in a 3-1 victory that opened the Rangers’ four-game road trip. He has two goals and a team-leading nine points.

Fox’s roommate and best friend on the team, Ryan Lindgren, met him on the U.S. National Development Team Program as 16-year-olds.

Lindgren said he isn’t surprised by anything Fox has achieved.

"I would say he’s always been this good,’’ he said. "He was so dynamic [at NDTP], he was setting records there. And then obviously he went to college, tore it up there, was an All-American all three years, stepped right in the NHL and he’s done what he’s done so far.

"So obviously he’s getting better, but he’s always been an incredible player, and I think he’s going to just keep getting better and better. The sky’s the limit for him.’’

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