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Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Oct 21, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

The Rangers have signed Russian defenseman Yegor Rykov to a two-year entry-level contract, according to TVA Sports and The Athletic.

According to both reports, the contract has an out clause which would allow 22-year-old, who had been playing for HC Sochi, to return to the KHL if he wishes.

Rykov was acquired from the Devils at the 2018 trade deadline as part of a package the Rangers received in exchange for Michael Grabner. The Rangers used the second-round pick acquired in that trade to move up four spots to No. 22 in the 2018 NHL Draft to select K'Andre Miller. The Devils took Rykov in the fifth round of the 2016 draft.

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Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)
Mar 24, 2018; New York, NY, USA; A general view of Madison Square Garden before a game between the Buffalo Sabres and New York Rangers. Mandatory Credit: Danny Wild-USA TODAY Sports (Danny Wild)

Rangers prospect Yegor Rykov set a Russian league record by playing 61:19 in SKA's 6-OT win in the VHL Championship. (NYR Stats & Info)

The VHL is the second highest league in Russian hockey.

Rykov had an assist in the game and 4 shots on goal in his hour-plus on the ice.

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Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)
Sep 19, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Libor Hajek (43) pressures Carolina Hurricanes forward Warren Foegele (37) during the third period of a hockey game at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports (Reinhold Matay)

At and around the trading deadline, the Rangers adding the following prospects:

  • Ryan Lindgren, Yegor Rykov, Brett Howden, Libor Hajek

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Lindgren was ranked as the Bruins 4th prospect and they wrote "Makes up for a lack of size with passion. He's likely to turn pro after sophomore season."

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Hajek was ranked as Tampa Bay's 3rd prospect, saying "a smart defender who doesn't force plays on the rush. His skating has improve."

In The Hockey News Yearbook over the summer, Howden was ranked as Tampa Bay's 7th prospect, saying "Captain got pro taste with eight AHL games late last season. A 200ft player."

Tags: Brett Howden, Libor Hajek, Ryan Lindgren, Yegor Rykov
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