October 18, 2021; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; New York Rangers striker Sammy Place (91) tries to block a shot past Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Jack Campbell (36) while defender Rasmus Sanden (38) looks on during the first period at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports
The New York Rangers saved a few bucks by getting Sammy Blais to sign an extension for just under his qualifying bid of $1.6 million.
According to CapFri Friendly, the two sides agreed to a one-year extension at a price of $1.525 million for the 2022-2023 season. It’s a one-way contract which means Blais will get the same salary at AHL and have to clear waivers.
This will also drive guts to unrestricted free agency the following summer.
Rangers sign Sami Bliss
Blais was part of the St. Louis Blues comeback in an unpopular trade for Pavel Buchnevich. The move was for savings purposes as Buchnevich later signed a four-year contract with Blues at AAV worth $5.8 million.
“When I go to the rink, I have work to do and just try to do my best,” Bliss told the New York Post. “I don’t really think about the outside world when I’m on the rink, I’m just playing my game and trying to help my team win.”
Unfortunately, he only made 14 appearances for the Rangers after tearing up the AFC Champions League in November. He and PK Subban went to the corner to retrieve the disc when the demon defense man appeared to grab his sled which caused Blais to slam into the boards and leave him writhing in pain.
“I feel like a baby,” said head coach Gerard Gallant, after learning he would need surgery that would require 6-8 months to recover. The injury effectively ended his season.
The 25-year-old has scored four points this season. He turns 26 tomorrow.