9:45AM: The Rangers and Brendan Lemieux are slated to have an arbitration hearing on Friday and both sides have submitted their salary numbers (Friedman):
- Rangers: Two-Years at $950,000 and then $1.075 million
- Lemieux: $2 million
Lemieux has 9 goals and 15 assists in 78 games since coming over from Winnipeg at the 2019 trade deadline.
He played this past season on a one-year deal worth $925,000.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers preference has been to get Ryan Strome’s situation settled before moving to Lemieux, but with their arb hearings back to back they may not be able to do that. The Rangers would probably prefer to get Lemieux signed to a similar type of deal that Jesper Fast just finished, three-years at $1.85 million, but maybe not since three-years seemed to be the deal breaker with Jesper Fast. Lemieux brings an agitating and physical style to the Rangers that they don’t have a lot of but he’s a fourth-line/bottom-six forward and every dollar and roster flexibility will matter.