Just hours after signing restricted free agent forward Carl Hagelin, the New York Rangers re-upped with another RFA — defenseman Justin Falk.
Falk, acquired at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft from Minnesota, has signed a one-year, $975,000 deal, according to Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News.
Falk, 24, has solidified himself as an everyday NHL player during the last two seasons. He played in most of the 2013 regular season (36 games), although his ice time plummeted from 19:30 minutes per game in 2011-12 to just 13:13 last season.
The Wild were looking to trim salary this summer and Falk’s presence on the blueline diminished last season with the addition of Ryan Suter and emergence of Jonas Brodin.
Falk’s best season came in 2011-12, when he played a career-high 47 games and racked up a career-high nine points.
With the move, the Rangers now have eight defensemen under contract for next season — Falk, Ryan McDonagh, Marc Staal, Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Anton Stralman, John Moore and Aaron Johnson.