Forward Sammy Blais, who played 14 games for the Rangers last season before suffering a torn ACL in November, agreed to a one-year contract extension, the team announced Friday. The announcement came on Blais’ 26th birthday.
According to reports, the contract is a one-way deal (meaning he is paid the same whether he is in the NHL or in the minor leagues) worth $1.525 million. He will be an unrestricted free agent afterward.
A 6-2, 210-pound winger, Blais was acquired by the Rangers last summer, along with a 2022 second-round draft pick, from the St. Louis Blues in the Pavel Buchnevich trade. He was injured in a Nov. 14 game following a skate-to-skate collision with Devils defenseman P.K. Subban.
Blais, who was a sixth-round pick by the Blues in 2014, had four assists and 17 penalty minutes in 14 games with the Rangers. Overall, he has 17 goals and 22 assists in 133 NHL games with St. Louis and the Rangers.
Blais is the third forward signed to a one-year contract by the Rangers in the past week, following Vitali Kravtsov and Gustav Rydahl.