10/5/20 | Larry Brooks writes that as of Monday evening there has yet to be a decision made on Strome. (NY Post)
The deadline to qualify players is
Tuesday Wednesday at 5PM.
His qualifying offer, which he could accept, is $3.2 million according to Cap Friendly.
Strome, if qualified, could accept his qualifying offer and play this season on a one-year deal worth $3.2 million.
Strome, if qualified, could reject the qualifying offer and either negotiate a contract with the Rangers or take them to arbitration.
Arbitration and his potential award, which the Rangers could walk away from if it is above $4.5 million, is the main issue determining whether he will be qualified or not. (NY Post)
Strome is one season away from becoming a UFA.
Brooks notes that the Rangers have already qualified fellow RFAs Tony DeAngelo, Brendan Lemieux and Alex Georgiev. (NY Post)
Brooks said that it was “unknown” if Phil Di Giuseppe was qualified. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: There has been talk for a while that there would be a number of “surprising” players who aren’t qualified and will become UFAs and I think Strome fits in that category. The Rangers clearly don’t view him as their long-term answer at center behind Mika Zibanejad, but he’s been a good player since coming over from Edmonton and fit well with Artemi Panarin. You can wonder though if his fit with Panarin was real chemistry or Panarin being one of the very best players in the league and making his teammates/linemates better. Either way, I think it makes sense for the Rangers to qualify him and hold his rights. Doing that gives them more options and while there is some risk in him getting an arbitration award above what they want to pay, they do have the cap space to absorb it. I know he could become a free agent if he isn’t qualified, but I find it hard to believe that some team isn’t willing to part with something like a third-round pick for him. It will be interesting to see if someone wants to make a deal prior to the 5PM deadline on Tuesday.