Brassard Presents Tricky Situation for Rangers

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With Chris Kreider and Mats Zuccarello settling before their arbitration hearings, Derick Brassard is the lone Rangers still with a hearing on the schedule.

Larry Brooks reports that Derick Brassard would likely get a contract with a cap hit between $5.2 and $5.6 million if he goes long-term, or alternatively around $4.5 million on a one-year award from Monday’s arbitration hearing.

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Rangers, Kreider Avoid Arbitration

The Rangers and Chris Kreider settled just prior to their scheduled arbitration hearing, agreeing on a two-year deal with a cap-hit of 2.475 million.

Kreider will have two seasons after this two year deal before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency.

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Zuccarello Signs $3.5M Deal

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Mats Zuccarello has settled on a new contract prior to his Friday arbitration hearing, reports Darren Dreger. The deal is for one year at $3.5 million, meaning that Zuccarello could hit the unrestricted free agency market after this season.

The lower cap hit that comes with a one-year deal will give the Rangers some flexibility this season, but comes with some risk. The Rangers can still negotiate a long-term deal with Zuccarello, but they can’t officially sign an extension of his one-year deal until after January 1st.

The Rangers still have Chris Kreider (tomorrow) and Derick Brassard (Monday) with arbitration hearings scheduled.

Brooks: Kreider, Rangers Appear to Be Headed Towards Arbitration

In a bit of a surprise, Larry Brooks report there is no agreement in sight between Chris Kreider and the Rangers on the eve of his arbitration hearing.

The Rangers and Kreider are only $750,000 per season apart on their arbitration asks, we learned yesterday. The two sides should be able to split that difference without bringing in a third party (which can get ugly), I would think. The trend in the NHL in the past few years has moved away from going through with arbitration hearings.

Rangers Elect Two Year Term on Kreider’s Arbitration Award

Elliotte Friedman reports the Rangers have elected a two-year award for Kreider for his Wednesday arbitration hearing. As Kreider initiated the arbitration process, the Rangers get to determine if the award is a one-year or two-year award.

What they don’t get to control is the annual average salary. The team has submitted a $2.05M AAV for Kreider, who has submitted $2.8 million. The arbitrator can decide on any value, and is not bound to one of those two figures.

With only $750,000 separating the two sides, one would have to think the smart money is on a deal in advance of his Wednesday hearing. The Rangers haven’t had a player go through with his arbitration hearing since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009. In fact, there has been no arbitration hearings in the entire NHL since the summer of 2011.

Larry Brooks Knows Nothing of Stempniak

Noted hockey talent evaluator Larry weighed in on recent Ranger signings Matthew Lombardi and Lee Stempniak:

But these additions of marginal NHL players doesn’t say a lot for the organization’s confidence in the readiness of kids in the organization such as J.T. Miller, Danny Kristo, Oscar Lindberg, Ryan Haggerty and maybe even Jesper Fast to nail down spots with the varsity, much less be difference-makers.

Seriously. Would Stempniak — who scored for the Penguins in Game 1 against the Rangers, then went pointless in the next six matches of the second round while bouncing all over the lineup — or Lombardi — who was in Switzerland last year and hasn’t had a productive NHL season since 2009-10 — have made a difference against L.A.?

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