Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reports the arbitration filings for the New York Rangers and Restricted Free Agent center Ryan Strome.
Arbitration filings for Ryan Strome: NYR at $3.6M; player at $5.7M— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) November 3, 2020
A couple of things to keep in mind here is that this is the final year of Ryan Strome’s restricted free agency and is looking to cash in on a big season playing next to Artemiy Panarin. This past season Strome finished with 59 points in 70 games, and since joining the Rangers he’s skated 133 total games posting a line of 36-56-92.
For the Rangers, they still have Brendan Lemieux to sign and can walk away from any arbitration settlement that is over $4,538,958 this season.
It is going to be a tight fit if the Blueshirts manage to get Strome signed before their November 5th hearing, odds are this one is going to the arbiter.
Here's #NYR if they meet Strome in the middle & sign him for 1yr/$4.65m:— HockeyStatMiner (@HockeyStatMiner) November 3, 2020
Would leave ~$2.2m in cap space (assuming a 23-man roster) for Lemieux, which is more than plenty
Other than the aspect of a late offseason trade(?) I don't see much difference in Strome costing $4m vs $5m pic.twitter.com/pVfOnefBoM
The Rangers look like they have more cap space than they do in reality, and this is because of the team’s bonus situation with their young players on entry-level contracts.
For more on that, you can check out this story from a few weeks ago.
Keep it here for updates as things progress this offseason.