NEWS: Rangers Sign Artem Anisimov

Update: 1:17PM:

Anisimov’s deal is worth $1.875 million per season according to Gross.

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Andrew Gross tweets that the Rangers have signed Artem Anisimov to a two-year deal.

Excellent news. 

Anisimov, 23, had 18 goals and 26 assists this past season. He has not missed a game in the last two seasons.

He averaged 13 minutes per game at even strength, 1:47 on the PP and 1:02 shorthanded.

Eight of Anisimov’s goals came when the score was tied, and five came when the Rangers were up by 1 goal.

It was reported on Saturday that the Rangers were close to re-signing Anisimov.

In June it was written that the Rangers wanted to keep Anisimov and were turning down other teams offers for him.

Well that is two of the Rangers five RFA’s signed. Anisimov had a solid season last year and will be looked upon to take another step in his development this year. He has great chemistry with Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky, the Pack Line, and should continue to see time between those two guys.

Click HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE to see some of Anisimov’s best moments from this past season.

Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Artem Anisimov on a new contract.

Anisimov, 23, skated in 82 games with the Rangers last season, registering 18 goals and 26 assists for 44 points, along with 20 penalty minutes. He established career-highs in goals, assists, points, and shots on goal (190). He also tallied career-highs in power play goals (three), power play assists (five) and power play points (eight). Anisimov tied for third on the team in assists, ranked fifth in points, sixth in goals, fourth in shots, and tied for the team lead with 21 even strength assists, and ranked second with 36 even strength points. He is one of four Rangers to have skated in all 82 games, and has now appeared in 164 consecutive contests. Anisimov ranked third on the Rangers with a career-high, 10 multi-point performances, including a career best, four assists on January 19 vs. Toronto. The Rangers posted a record of 14-2-1 when he tallied a goal and were 24-6-2 when he registered a point. Anisimov reached the 40-point plateau for the first time in his career with a goal on March 20 at Pittsburgh, and skated in his 100th career NHL contest on November 14 vs. Edmonton. In addition, Anisimov tallied his first career playoff point with a goal on April 20 vs. Washington.

The 6-4, 200-pounder has skated in 165 career games with the Rangers, registering 30 goals and 42 assists for 72 points, along with 52 penalty minutes. In 2009-10, Anisimov ranked among the NHL rookie leaders in several statistical categories, including ninth in goals (12), 10th in points (28) and tied for 15th in assists (16). He was also one of four rookies in the league to appear in all 82 games that season. Anisimov recorded his first NHL point with an assist on October 8, 2009 at Washington, and made his NHL debut on February 3, 2009 vs. Atlanta.

Internationally, Anisimov has represented Russia in several tournaments, most recently at the 2010 World Championship in Germany. He registered one goal and two assists, along with six penalty minutes and a plus-three rating in nine contests to help Russia capture a silver medal. Anisimov has also won a bronze medal with Russia at the 2008 World Junior Championship, and a silver medal at the 2007 World Junior Championship.

The Yaroslavl, Russia native was originally selected as the Rangers’ second round choice, 54th overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.