Arbitrary Decisions

The headline Rangers related story – albeit a recently former one – comes from Vladimir Tarasenko, who fired his agent Paul Theofanous and hired J.P. Barry and Pat Brisson.  The move comes a couple of days after Tarasenko was linked to the Carolina Hurricanes, and reportedly received multiple offers from teams in the $5.5M to $6.5M range.

Shesterkin Declines Arbitration

RFA netminder Igor Shesterkin has elected to forego arbitration, declining to file by today’s deadline.  The 25 year old completed his two year Entry Level Contract this past season and was eligible to take his case to an arbiter if so desired. Oftentimes, players will use the filing as leverage to drive reaolution of contract negotiations, with […]

Arbitration Set For Rangers RFAs

It’s been over 11 years since the Rangers last went to arbitration, ultimately walking away from an award to Nikolai Zherdev, who became an unrestricted free agent after the decision.  This year the team faces the daunting prospect of reaching deals with four players, with first up Tony DeAngelo on October 20th, perhaps being the most […]

Arbitrary Decision May Lead To Buyout

At least two of the three Rangers eligible for salary arbitration has elected to file before today’s 5pm Eastern deadline.  Pavel Buchnevich has reportedly made the request, a common practice by players, to increase the velocity of negotiations of contracts. Defenseman Jacob Trouba also filed before the deadline, whoile forward Vinni Lettieri could also elect to file, though it might not […]

Zuccarello Arbitration Hearing Set For July 31st

The Rangers and Restricted Free Agent will have 15 more days to try and work out a new contract, or it will be put in the hands of an arbiter.  The NHLPA announced today the schedule for hearings, and Mats Zuccarello is scheduled for July 31st. Zuccarello has played parts of three seasons with the Rangers, and joined them […]

Zherdev or Kotalik

Zherdev and Kotalik – Signing one or the other is an interesting question, although its not always that black and white. I think the Rangers made a decision during their team planning sessions prior to the draft that Zherdev and Antropov were not coming back, unless it was at a reasonable price. Antropov’s demands were […]

Bye Bye Nikolai

According to Larry Brooks in today’s New York Post, the Rangers could walk away from any arbitration award that Zherdev might get. The Rangers qualified Zherdev at $3.25M to retain his rights, but the Ukrainian born winger filed for salary arbitration. If the arbiter should award more than the qualifying offer, the team may elect to […]

Hossa Accepts Deal

With just three more days until his scheduled arbitration hearing, Marcel Hossa and the Rangers have agreed to a one year, $780,000 contract. The contract is a modest raise over last year’s $600,000 figure and is reflective of the desire for the Rangers to continue to give the benefit of the doubt to the inconsistent forward. Hossa […]

An Arbitrary Decision

Tomorrow Tom Poti and the Rangers go to the arbiter to decide what the defenseman will be worth in the coming few seasons.  Poti, who made $925,000 last season most likely received the standard ten percent increase for a player earning less than the league average, an offer that would edge his salary up over […]