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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.

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What Ryan Strome said on the radio about the Rangers

Ryan Strome was on TSN 1050 this afternoon and said:

  • On his “new normal” right now, “I try to wake up at a normal hour, luckily enough where I’m staying we have a gym in the house so able to work out, and find things to do in the morning. Usually find my way over to Netflix or some video games in the afternoon and rinse and repeat the next day. Kind of getting a little stale but you’ve gotta do what you gotta do. Obviously it’s for the health and safety of everyone, this is our new normal.”
  • Are there any teammates who could come out of this 20 pounds heavier,  (laughing) “there are definitely a few guys…there are a couple of guys who could go definitely rouge at a time like this. We had a call today from our trainer, checking in just to making his rounds to make sure sure his voice is heard, so I’m sure guys are staying busy. This day and age now, most guys are staying in decent shape. It’s tough to go this far off the rails in a couple of weeks but there are always one or two guys for sure.”
  • Is there anyone who could come out of this in better shape, “There are a few guys, Chris Kreider is a pretty physical specimen so he’d probably be in pretty good shape. He was nursing a broken foot so this, if we do come back and play, it will be nice for him to be back. I’d imagine he will come in chiseled as ever and be flying and we will all be sucking wind out there. Guys like him are who I’d tend to gravitate to.”
  • On the season overall/so far and going to another level, “I think so, but the biggest challenge for us is going to be when there is a little bit of expectation on us next year. It’s kind of easy to be that team that doesn’t have any pressure and there has been a letter to the fans and we had a group of guys all looking to prove themselves but it’s going to be how we take that next step. That has kind of been the tough part, there are 30 other teams in the league all trying to do the same thing. It’s about adding a little bit of pressure next year, or whenever we get back playing, and trying to grow from there. We have done a really good job so far. The emergence of some of the young guys and obviously you mention Mika and Panarin. Zibanejad, in my opinion, maybe the most underrated player in the league now. What he did the last 30 games with us, all year really has been unbelievable. And then you have a guy like Bread Man who has the puck on his stick all game and then we we have a bit of a weird three-goalie rotation but three capable goalies and some young D. It’s a pretty good mix, we have a lot of fun and we can kind of ramp it up and score with the teams that can score and it’s been fund to have a real exciting season, I think Ranger fans have been pleasantly surprised.”
  • Are you in contact with your teammates, “There are certainly a couple of guys that carry on the group chat more than others, probably me being one of those guys being bored. Between the team group chat and the NHLPA calls keeping everyone informed, the Rangers have been really good about doing a check in every day, they have a select group of players for each trainer to check in with to see how everyone is doing.”
  • On being an RFA this summer with so much uncertainty, “I”m one of the PA reps here so I’ve been pretty involved with the business side or I try to be as much as I can. I think it’s good to be informed and to know what is going on. Not only that, it keeps me busy and gives me something to think about but so much is out of our control. As players and athletes we know that we have a schedule our whole lives, a consistent schedule or where we’re going to be, when we’re going to be there and now we don’t even know when we are going to play, if there is going to be a training camp or what is going to happen. It’s weird to be in limbo like this, not really sure what is going to happen but we do the best we can, we have a good support system, the Rangers have been great, the NHLPA has provided any help that anyone needs, they have been hands on which is great.”
  • On that game in Edmonton on 12/31, “that was nuts, we had been playing some pretty good hockey and we came out and…the refs weren’t on our side that night and McDavid and Leon and those guys on the PP were snapping it around everywhere we couldn’t get anything going and then the tables turned and we kind of found a little jam. From a team perspective and personal perspective, that is kind of the most frustrating thing about this, our team had a little bit of something special going, we were finding ways to win games that we had no business being part of, we were having late game comebacks and OT heroics, it felt like we had something special going on and in today’s NHL all you have to do is make the playoffs and anything that can happen, that is what we were all looking forward to. It’s games like that that stick out in our mind, even our last game we played we ended up losing in OT but we ended up tying it with like 10 seconds left against Colorado and it seemed like we were never out of a game. When a team has that feeling, anything can happen and we had that going this year. That side of it is a little disappointing but hopefully we can learn from that moving forward and keep growing as a group.”
  • He is due to have a baby girl in May.
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What Ryan Strome said about his time with the Rangers

Ryan Stome was on the 31 Thoughts Podcast and said the following about his time with the Rangers so far (Sportsnet):

  • On how things started with the Rangers, “It was slow developing. You go in there and get traded and I thought my first five games were really good and then I had a bit of a dip and up and down and a bunch of guys came back from injuries and after that just consistency. David Quinn did a good job talking to me and being honest and up front, had a couple of heart to hearts and I think new lease on life is a good way to put it. I took the opportunity and ran with it and with some guys being moved out at the deadline it helped, hurt the team but helped me establish myself. I think I’ve taken baby steps all year and I think my game is the best it’s ever been. I think I’ve continued to grow and learn and no matter how many ups and downs that has been the key for me.”
  • What is a heart to heart with David Quinn like, “his biggest message to me, which may seem simple but rang true, was that he wanted me to play every game with a good intention. Come to the game and even if you don’t score a goal have an impact on the game and over my career maybe I’ve looked too much at trying to score or put up numbers and that rang true. I can go to a game and win some faceoffs or take a larger role on the PK or play against a top-six line and impact the game even if you aren’t scoring. The rest kind of took care of itself. A simple message like that and I kind of nodded my head and it got through to me. I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself and think that I’m on this huge trajectory but baby steps and continuing to grow and at 25 I think I have a lot of room to grow. The NY transition has been awesome for me.”
  • “Getting traded from Edmonton was a big shock, I wasn’t producing but I thought I was playing well. I felt they gave me a role on that team, a third-line center and tried to play my role, the numbers weren’t there and they wanted to make a shake up and it was an eye opener for me and your third team, it was an eye opener to me. You don’t want to bounce around the league, at the end of the day the NHL is a real big privilege but you want to find a bit of a home and hopefully I’ve kind of done that in NY and showed management what they thought they had in me.”
  • What is David Quinn like, “very intense but personal when you get away from the rink, I think that is one of things guys like about him. Whether it’s goofing around or having kind of a heart to heart, guys really appreciate that. But very intense, my dad came down for the dad’s trip and he came down to watch practice and said that he hadn’t seen a coach yell like that in a long time. He keeps us on our toes, as much as we are learning off him he is probably learning off us a little bit. Guys like him, he’s a coach you want to play for, want to work hard for, the intensity rubs off on everyone.”
  • Who do you talk hockey with on the Rangers, “Tony DeAngelo has a really good hockey mind, he’s very passionate, shows a lot of fire sometimes but he has a good mind for the game, he and I have the GM talks a lot talk about the OHL and AHL, he’s a go-to guy for hockey talk.”
  • On the best part of being a Ranger, “It’s hard to explain but my first goal as a Ranger was in the third period and I had a wrap around and the garden horn and the hey/hey/hey chant, it’s just something special. It’s a city that I never thought I would enjoy living in while playing on the Islanders and being on the other side of things and now that I’m living there, you don’t need to leave this place, there is everything you want, people love the team, people want a Stanley Cup there so bad. Playing for the blueshirts, Rangers logo, just a feel coming into MSG, whether it’s the low roof, it’s hard to explain, there is just something special and they call it the Garden Faithful but they really are. I’ve been on both sides and the Isles have passionate fans too but there is something about being in NYC and the best city in the world, it makes it special, I haven’t taken it for granted, I want to make something special happened and hopefully it’s a relationship that we can make a few years long.”