Player News - Rangers

Date: Team: Pos:

Derick Brassard and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a new contract, thus avoiding a salary-arbitration hearing.

There are reports that the contract is worth $25 million for five years. Brassard, 27 in September, had been a restricted free agent. His arbitration session with the Rangers was scheduled for Monday. Brassard had a career-high 18 goals in 81 games last season for the Rangers. He also scored 45 points, which ranked fourth on the team. He also tied for fourth on the team with 12 points in the post-season. In 403 games with the Rangers and Columbus Blue Jackets, Brassard has 81 goals and 225 points. He is likely to serve as the Rangers' second-line center next season, behind Derek Stepan.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 27 - 7:13 PM

Derick Brassard is seeking $4.95 million while the New York Rangers have submitted $3.825 million as their proposed salary in the arbitration process for the center.

Their arbitration hearing is scheduled for Monday but they'll undoubtedly be negotiating on the weekend to see if they can come to terms so they can avoid the session. Back on July 17, word surfaced that Brassard wanted $5.5 million while former restricted free agent Mats Zuccarello asked for $4.5 million. Zuccarello already settled for $3.5 million and avoided arbitration, while it obviously at least looks like Brassard will receive at least a bit more money than the Rangers’ 2013-14 regular season scoring leader. Brassard scored 18 goals and 45 points in 81 regular season games before collecting 12 points in 23 playoff contests last season. He’s likely to be counted on quite a bit more in 2014-15 after the team’s summer of turnover at the center position.
Jul 26 - 7:48 PM

Chris Kreider signed a two-year, $4.95 million contract with the New York Rangers.

Kreider and the Rangers narrowly avoided an arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday. Kreider had asked for $2.8 million annually while the Rangers countered with $2.05 million per season, so the two sides agreed to a deal in the middle. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Jul 23 - 9:32 AM

Mats Zuccarello has agreed to a one-year, $3.55 million contract.

Zuccarello reportedly wanted $4.5 million annual salary as part of a long-term deal, but the Rangers probably favored giving him a "show me" contract instead. He had 19 goals and 59 points in 77 games last season, but his previous campaigns in the NHL had been something of a mixed bag.
Jul 22 - 6:07 PM

Chris Kreider has requested a two-year contract worth $2.8 million annually from an arbitrator.

The Rangers have countered with a proposal worth $2.05 million per season. Kreider's arbitration hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, but still can be avoided if the two sides agree to terms first.
Source: NY Post
Jul 22 - 9:50 AM

The New York Rangers have confirmed that they've signed veteran forward Lee Stempniak to a contract and reports suggest it's worth $900,000 for one year.

Stempniak, 31, played 73 games last season with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins. He had 12 goals, 22 assists and 32 penalty minutes.
Source: NHL.com
Jul 19 - 7:06 PM

Former NHLer-turned-broadcaster Brad May has tweeted that veteran forward Lee Stempniak has signed a one-year contract with the New York Rangers.

TSN reported earlier that the free agent was close to signing a one-year contract with the Rangers. The 31-year-old right wing finished last season with the Pittsburgh Penguins after he was traded from the Calgary Flames. Stempniak had four goals and seven assists in 21 regular-season games with Pittsburgh, and two goals and one assist in 13 Stanley Cup Playoff games. He had eight goals and 15 assists in 52 games during his third season with the Flames. He has 150 goals and 191 assists (341 points) in 637 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Flames and Penguins. He was a fifth-round pick (No. 148) by St. Louis in the 2003 NHL Draft.
Source: nhl.com
Jul 19 - 9:32 AM

Derick Brassard reportedly wants around $5.5 million annually on a long-term deal.

The New York Rangers might end up giving him something in that ballpark and avoid arbitration with him in the process. Brassard could end up getting $4.5 million to $4.75 million awarded to him if the two sides aren't able to avoid arbitration. He has 18 goals and 45 points in 81 contests last season.
Source: NY Post
Jul 17 - 8:51 PM

Mats Zuccarello is reportedly looking for about $4.5 million annually on a long-term deal.

Zuccarello is expected to make $3.7 million to $4 million if his case goes to an arbitration hearing. He had 19 goals and a team-leading 59 points in 77 games in 2013-14 campaign.
Source: NY Post
Jul 17 - 8:46 PM

Matthew Lombardi has signed a two-year, $1.6 million contract with the New York Rangers.

Lombardi had 20 goals and 50 points in 46 Swiss league games last season. He's a veteran of 536 NHL games and will provide the Rangers with some secondary scoring. It's certainly not a bad signing given the cost.
Jul 16 - 12:09 PM

After Rick Nash scored a mere three goals in the recent post-season, there's been plenty of speculation that the New York Rangers would try to trade the highly paid, high-profile right winger.

Larry Brooks, however, insists in a New York Post column that such a trade will not be happening. "Nash has a no-move clause in his contract in force through the end of this season that management has no intention of asking him to waive and No. 61 has no intention of volunteering to forfeit," Brooks writes. "The Rangers are not asking Nash to leave town after two seasons on Broadway in which he led the team in goal-scoring both times, and No. 61 is not asking for an exit from New York after recording a sum of four goals in 37 playoff games. The concept is not on the table for either party."
Source: NY Post
Jul 13 - 10:43 AM

Mats Zuccarello is scheduled to have his arbitration hearing on July 25.

That's assuming of course that the Rangers can't sign him before that date. Zuccarello scored 19 goals and a team-leading 59 points in 77 contests in 2013-14.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:41 PM

Chris Kreider's arbitration date has been scheduled for July 23.

Kreider is in line for a sizable raise after completing his entry-level contract. He had 17 goals and 37 points in 66 games in 2013-14.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:38 PM

Derick Brassard has his arbitration date set.

Brassard will have his hearing on July 28 unless he is able to agree to terms with the New York Rangers. He had 45 points and 46 penalty minutes in 81 contests last season.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 4:36 PM

The Boston Bruins might pursue free agent Lee Stempniak.

The Bruins need to go through the bargain bin for upgrades given their cap situation. Stempniak had 12 goals and 34 points in 73 games with the Calgary Flames and Pittsburgh Penguins last season. Those numbers are in line with what you can expect from him going forward.
Jul 8 - 9:22 AM


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