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What Ryan Strome said on the radio about this past season and more

7:45PM: Strome was on NHL Network and said:

  • Why you have been a good fit with the Rangers, “Multiple things put together, my play and confidence and stuff like that, but at the same time the Rangers have given me an opportunity to play and play with some pretty good players and play more minutes than I’ve ever been used to, and play in all situations. Me and my Dad were joking about it, when you are on your third organization and you have a lot of young guys on the team, it’s amazing how much different you are looked at by the staff and management. Just to be viewed by a fresh set of eyes has helped a lot, been a good relationship so far.”
  • On playing with Panarin, “I guess you never really know how it’s going to work out, I didn’t really expect to be playing with that much when he signed. To split up him and Zibanejad, Zibanejad’s line was so good all year and then for us to come together and click really helped, just having a dual threat for teams to go against was nice for our coaching staff and team and a guy like him makes so many plays. He plays the way I probably always wanted to play, the way I played in junior hockey, a ton of give-and-gos, a ton of cycling, puck movement. With him it’s so much, he’s a guy that relies on instinct and knowing where you are going to be. We were able to gain that a little bit and had a lot of confidence and success and it was a great year. Hoping to keep things going for a few more years.”
  • On how he has developed with the Rangers and David Quinn’s role, “the four-minutes a game is a good point, you go from a 15-minute a game guy, playing second PP, a little bit of penalty killing here and there, you go to a new team, a new set of eyes. When we traded Kevin Hayes at the deadline the opportunity for me to play more minutes was there and I took the ball and ran with it. To play on the PK and first PP unit all-year, being relied on in a lot more situations, as a bit of a leader, a guy that has seen a lot, had some ups and downs and I just feel that I can help in a lot of areas and they thought the same thing and it’s been a good and healthy relationship and he has shown a ton of confidence in me, a ton of faith. He’s still hard on me, challenging me to be better and there is some behind the scenes where he is getting all over me, but I wouldn’t want it any other way. Having a coach who is hard on you but also puts his trust in you has been positive for me, and like I said, this is a great opportunity for me to keep growing and our team together and I think we got a pretty good thing going.”
  • What is your approach to next year and growing your game, “honestly, one of the best advice I’ve ever gotten in our exit meeting this year, from our coach and GM, I probably had like 75% of my games were good games, maybe 80% and then the other 20% I really wore it on my body language and results and I think they want me to take that 20% of the bad games and try to make them manageable games, you aren’t going to score every night, not going to get a point, not going to contribute but there are ways to contribute defensively, with faceoffs, being a good teammate and leader and it’s one of the most interesting things I’ve ever heard in an exit meeting. It really rang true to me and it’s something I’ll look towards. Being a guy that scores a lot of points this year for our team, you want to go out and score and get assists but there are other ways to contribute and as a guy that is relied upon in different situations, I think it’s important to remember that not every night is going to be pretty and you have to find ways to win hockey games and when you are counted on you have to bring your A-game every night and that is the next step in my maturity and I think I’m in a great spot to take that next step.”
  • On how not scoring can impact your game, “I think I learned, maybe, the hard way, getting traded to Edmonton and playing behind Draisaitl and McDavid, everyone is judging you on goals and assists but Todd McLellan put me in a PK role for the first time in my life and third-line center, relied on to provide stability in the bottom-six. As much as I think I have more in my game than that, I think it helped me grow as a person and player and realizing that there are other ways to impact the game, if you are not scoring, what are you doing type of thing. My time in Edmonton allowed me to realize that and grow from that, now getting a chance in the top-six, to combine all of the career experiences I have and bottle them together. It’s been a good relationship in NY, a lot of positives and I wanted to see it through and really excited to have two more years to grow personally and as a team.”

2:26PM: Ryan Strome was on Hockey Central at Noon and said the following (Sportsnet):

On avoiding arbitration, “As a player, being through a few contracts now, you understand that it’s a business and although you are fighting over a lot of money, at the same time they are still offering you a fair amount, so it’s not like they don’t like you by any means, it’s important to keep that in mind. Since it’s election time, a lot of people will probably understand this analogy, but I kind of compare the player brief and team brief as Fox News and CNN, completely different. They try to get you for whatever they can. As far as the business, that is the best analogy I’ve been able to give people lately.”

On preparing for the season, “It’s something that we have had to adjust on the go. When you have a trainer or you have your skates, in January/February you start to map out your summer, even though you are still in the season. You want to get it all dialed in and everything like that. Honestly, coming back for the return to play and playoffs kind of made me realize to do things a little differently. I didn’t skate as much as I had in the previous summers, I really focused on working out, staying healthy and getting treatment, and stuff like that. I found that the less skating I did, I found to be a little more fresh when we came back for training camp and a little more eager. Maybe it was a one-off, but I’m going to approach it like that this time around. I’ve only skated 4-5 times, just going to ease my way back into it. I work out everyday, still, but not going to stress too much about skating since we don’t really have a deadline.”

On this past season, “I think you have to back to the season before, when I got traded, the last 20-30 games. After the trade deadline we got rid of Kevin Hayes and a few other guys, Zuccarello, and there were some openings and an opportunity to prove myself. I came in and played really well and I finished with, I think, 19-goals and a lot in the second half of the year. I think it was more a year and a half, rather than a year, coaches gave me an opportunity. This was the first-time in my whole career that I played as a center in the top-six. Being drafted as a center and an offensive guy and then playing a ton of wing and third-line in Edmonton, behind those two big guys, this is really my first opportunity to take the ball and run with it, that is kind of what I did. A lot of it has to do with my play, but a lot of it is the opportunity the Rangers gave me. They trusted me in that role and 10-games into this season I was playing with an $11.5 million dollar guy, not the way I would have predicted it when we signed him, but it worked out pretty good for me and our team had a nice balance when we split up a few of our top guys and it seemed to work throughout the year. I think it’s a combo of a lot of things, confidence is a big thing as well and continue to always work on my skills. I finally got an opportunity to take those big minutes and take the ball and run with it.”

On the night before the NHL shut things down, “I’m pissed off because I had 3 or 4 chances to get to 20-goals that night and I missed wide open nets, left, right and center and it turned out to be the last game of the regular season and I fell two short, that is what I’m going to remember (laugh). Honestly, we were in the same boat as you guys, everyone kind of downplayed everything, our doctors talked to us, the league talked to us and said it was potentially a flu-like situation, maybe a little worse, you just gotta be careful. I remember, the first-time it clicked in is when the Rangers told us not to sign anything for fans outside MSG and not really stop for the fans and stuff and I found that to be weird. Then we went on the road for a west coast swing and, actually, the referee is the one who told me before the start of the third period, that the NBA canceled and that was the first time it clicked in, it could be our last period here, who the hell knows what is going to happen. Weird enough, we went back to our hotel in Colorado after the game, we were supposed to go to Arizona and have the rookie party, so we were all kind of upset about that and we go back to our hotel room and in the morning we got on the bus and went to the plane and at that point we still didn’t even know if we were going back to NY or the next city we were playing in. We were sitting on the runway with all our stuff, wondering if we are going to NY or continuing this thing, we had no idea. We were kind of up in the air like everyone else, it was, honestly, really weird, especially trying to plan with wives and girlfriends and people with families, it was a really unique time. Sure enough we came back to NY, we waited around the City for 5-10 days and then eventually got the word that we could go back home.”

On shuffling between center and, “I definitely think it is easier for a center to play wing than vice versa, center is a pretty hard position. Being a center in the NHL is very demanding, when you are in junior hockey you think it’s so easy to play in the NHL but you play night in and out against guys that are 55-60% faceoff guys their whole career, they are big, strong and play these big minutes and it’s not an easy task. I don’t think playing the wing is necessarily a bad thing, I think it’s a great way to ease into things and have a little less responsibility. As I’ve gotten older and experienced the highs and lows of first-line, fourth-line and everything else in-between, LW, RW, center, I think I’m definitely realizing that as I’m getting more comfortable in the NHL, I definitely feel more comfortable at center. I can feel it now, game-in, game-out. I played a little bit of wing this year for a few games at a time and I just feel like I’m back in my natural position at center. It’s tough as a player, when you are one of the better players growing up you are always the center, I can probably count on one hand how many games I played on the wing from the time I was six-years old. Then you get to the NHL and it’s a whole different beast, you have defense pinching down on you, you have to be in different spots, you have a little bit of a different role out there, not taking faceoffs which kind of engage you in the game. There is so much that goes into it, I think it is good for your learning curve for that easy progression but it’s hard to take a natural centerman, for me, I think I’m pretty cerebral and kind of feel the game out, I’m not the fastest or strongest but it’s easy for a center to play that way, but as a winger it’s a little tough, you have to be more tenacious and getting in on pucks more. There is a lot that goes into it obviously, looking back on it now, it’s been good for my development learning wise, but I definitely feel back home at center.”

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Ryan Strome signs Two-Year deal with the Rangers

10:09AM: The Rangers and Ryan Strome have come to terms on a new contract and avoided today’s scheduled arbitration hearing.

The deal is two-years and with a cap hit of $4.5 million. (Brooks, Freidman, LeBrun)

He will be paid $4 million this season and $5 million for 2021-22. (LeBrun, Friedman)

Strome, 27, is coming off a two-year deal that he signed with Edmonton that had a cap hit of $3.1 million.

On Tuesday each side submitted the following salary numbers to the arbitrator:

  • Rangers: $3.6 million
  • Strome: $5.7 million

Had the two sides gone to arbitration and the award was greater than $4,538,958, the Rangers would have had the option to “walk away” and Strome would become a UFA. Strome would have had four-days to explore the UFA market before deciding to return to the Rangers at $3.6 million

The Rangers have not gone through with an arbitration hearing since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009.

Adam Rotter: This is what made sense for both sides and it’s good that they got it done without the mess of going through arbitration. Strome gets two-years at a fair price and a chance to become a UFA in the summer of 2022 when economics around the league may be better. For the Rangers they get some cost certainty on their second-line center, but also don’t make a huge commitment to him. Strome provides some insurance if Filip Chytil isn’t ready to play with Artemi Panarin or if the Rangers determine Chytil’s future is actually on the wing. He also provides experience and a voice in a locker room that has lost Henrik Lundqvist, Marc Staal and Jesper Fast. Strome is a very popular and positive teammate and while that isn’t enough of a reason to bring him back, losing him would have created another hole in the leadership and locker room. He worked very well with Artemi Panarin and Jesper Fast, but Fast is gone and it’s likely that Pavel Buchnevich or Kaapo Kakko will his spot. Does this contract mean Strome will actually play both seasons with the Rangers? No. He’s very likely to be exposed to Seattle as part of the expansion draft and could still be considered for a trade if Filip Chytil and Brett Howden show they are ready for bigger roles down the middle. Those seem like things for next offseason though, certainly Seattle would be, and for now Strome is a Ranger.

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Rangers and Ryan Strome file salary arbitration briefs

11:04AM: Ryan Strome’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for Thursday and each side has filed their salary arbitration briefs (Friedman):

  • Strome: $5.7 million
  • Rangers: $3.6 million

Strome, 27, is coming off a two-year deal that he signed with Edmonton that had a cap hit of $3.1 million.

The Rangers did not send Strome his qualifying offer of $3.2 million until shortly before the deadline.

If Strome’s arbitration award is greater than $4,538,958, the Rangers can walk away from the award and Strome would become a UFA.

As part of the NHL’s Return To Play MOU, Strome would have four days, following the Rangers walking away, to decide if he wants to remain with the Rangers and sign for the ___ that they submitted to the arbitrator.

“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.

Strome is slated to be a UFA following the 2020-21 season.

Since joining the Rangers, Strome has 36 goals and 56 assists in 133 games. He had two assists in the Rangers three-game sweep by Carolina.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers went with the lowest of low ends for this and Strome went with close to the highest of high end numbers for someone of his production and experience. The mid-point of the two is $4.6 million, which is just a tick above the walk-away number.

The arbitrator is very likely going to come in at around the mid-point and walk-away number and with that being the case, it seems reasonable to expect the two sides to avoid arbitration and come to terms on a one or two-year deal at around $4.5 million. Two-years would give Strome the security of having a contract for 2021-22 but would also leave him exposed for Seattle in the expansion draft. There is also the question of whether Strome can get a better contract than between $3.6 million and $4.538 million as a UFA if the award allows the Rangers to walk-away. Teams always need centers, the Rangers included, but the market is frozen with uncertainty about when the season will start and the fact that plenty of teams are out of cap space, still in need of moving players out or keeping cap space to sign their own RFAs. Strome’s best contract will likely come from the Rangers, unless a team like LA or the Devils decide to go after him.

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DeAngelo, Strome, Lemieux and Georgiev file for arbitration (Updates)

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.

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Rangers have qualified Ryan Strome

On if taking so long with Strome was because they were talking to other teams, “A little bit of that. Ryan is due a significant raise and we had some things, talking to some teams about, and I just wanted to keep the options open to the last second.” (NYR)


3:20PM: The Rangers have sent a qualifying offer to RFA Ryan Strome, according to Darren Dreger.

The Rangers had been unsure if they were going to qualify Strome before tonight’s 5PM deadline.

If Strome had not been qualified he would have become an Unrestricted Free Agent.

Strome has arbitration rights as an RFA.

Elliotte Friedman said on the NHL Network, “the question here is not necessarily the qualifying offer number, that is around $3.2 million, but more like what his next contract is going to be. I believe they’ve been negotiating at it, we know the Rangers situation for next year, their cap is smaller because of buyouts and potential bonuses for entry-level player. It allows them to keep the rights but they still have to negotiate whether they can come to an agreement on an exact salary for next season or do something to keep fitting all the different pieces in their roster. This one buys them some time.”


Phil Di Giuseppe and Brandon Crawley were qualified as well, former second round pick Ryan Gropp was not. (Larry Brooks)

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Rangers have not decided if they will qualify Ryan Strome

10/5/20 | Larry Brooks writes that as of Monday evening there has yet to be a decision made on Strome. (NY Post)

10/4/20 | Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the Rangers have not yet made a decision on whether they will extend a qualifying offer to Ryan 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.

He has been ranked #16th on TSN’s recent Trade Bait lists.


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.