10/13 | The NHLPA has announced the dates for the arbitration hearings:
- Tony DeAngelo – October 20th
- Alex Georgiev – October 31
- Ryan Strome – November 5
- Brendan Lemieux – November 6
The Rangers and each player could strike a deal prior to the hearing.
Adam Rotter: DeAngelo is first up for the Rangers, a week from today, and while so much focus in the last couple of weeks has been on Ryan Strome’s future, DeAngelo’s future is still in question. I don’t know if DeAngelo’s arbitration award will reach the “walk away” number, but the Rangers won’t walk away from DeAngelo. DeAngelo is a valuable player both to the rest of the NHL as a trade piece but to the Rangers as well. Short-term DeAngelo may be with the Rangers, but his long-term prospects are hazy.
Lemieux and Georgiev should both be easy contracts. Lemieux doesn’t have a ton to go on, in fact he has a some things, like his suspensions, going against him, but I’d expect them to strike a 2-year deal worth the $1.85 million Jesper Fast made. Georgiev will likely get a deal between $2.5 million and $3 million for 2-3 years to avoid arbitration.
10/10 | The NHLPA has announced that the following Rangers have filed for salary arbitration:
- Tony DeAngelo
- Brendan Lemieux
- Alex Georgiev
- Ryan Strome
Hearings will take place between October 20th and November 8th.
If the arbitration award is greater than $4,538,958, the Rangers can walk away from the award.
From the NHL’s Return To Play MOU, “For 2020, in the event a Club exercises their Walk-Away Right (pursuant to Section 12.10 of the CBA) relating to a one-year Salary Arbitration award, the Player may within four (4) days of receipt of notice from the Club that they are exercising their Walk-Away Right, elect to enter into an SPC with the Club on the same terms as the Club had offered in the Club’s Salary Arbitration Brief.”
The Rangers have not had an arbitration hearing since walking away from Nikolai Zherdev’s award in 2009.
Phil Di Giueseppe, who the Rangers qualified and had arbitration rights, did not file. He will likely accept his qualifying offer salary of $735,000 or something close to it.
Adam Rotter: This was all expected and we will see what the Rangers plan of action is. I’d assume that it will be easier to get Lemieux and Georgiev signed than Strome and DeAngelo, that is if the Rangers plan to keep Strome and DeAngelo.