Rangers, Miller avoid arbitration with two-year deal

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The Rangers and 22-goal man J.T. Miller agreed to a two-year contract extension on Wednesday, the club announced.

Per CBC, it’s a $5.2 million pact with a $2.625M average annual cap hit. It’s a nice bump for Miller, who made just under $900,000 on his last deal.

The 23-year-old enjoyed something of a breakout campaign in ’15-16, appearing in all 82 games for the first time in his career, while finishing tied for third on the team in goals. Miller also added three assists in a five-game opening round loss to the Penguins in the playoffs.

This deal was important for the Blueshirts. Miller is a key piece of the club’s forward group in the future, and he’s now under contract through 2018. What’s more, it knocks one of the many things to do on GM Jeff Gorton’s list, as three other RFAs — Chris Kreider, Kevin Hayes and Dylan McIlrath — have also filed for salary arbitration.

Miller’s heading was scheduled for Aug. 2, but that’s now moot. McIlrath is scheduled for July 21, Kreider July 22, and Hayes July 27.