A trio of New York Rangers restricted free agents filed for salary arbitration Saturday.
The New York Rangers avoided arbitration with Derick Brassard, signing the forward to a five-year contract.
Here's how the deal breaks down annually:
Brassard, 26, was a key depth component in the Rangers' run to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2013-14, notching 18 goals and 45 points in 81 games, while adding another six goals and 12 points in 23 playoff games.
A first-round pick (6th overall) of the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2006, Brassard joined the Rangers at the 2013 trade deadline as part of the deal that landed Marian Gaborik in Ohio's capital.
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Even though restricted free agent Derick Brassard lowered his salary demands by over half a million dollars, the 26-year-old and New York Rangers remain separated in their evaluations.
Brassard had originally sought a salary of $5.5 million per season earlier in the month.
Both sides will have to sort out a figure relatively soon if they want to avoid an arbitration hearing on Monday in Toronto.
The Rangers avoided arbitration with Mats Zuccarello earlier in the week when the forward settled for $1 million less than his original request.
New York Rangers forward Derick Brassard caught up with the media at Dominic Moore's Smashfest charity benefit on Thursday night in Toronto. Though he still hasn't been re-signed and has an arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday morning, Brassard is eager to get next season started.
"I tried to get away from the game a little bit, but now I'm back in the gym trying to get stronger and faster," Brassard told the Pat Leonard of the Daily News. "Just this week I was thinking about how excited I am about going back to New York and playing again.
"It's great to see friends and spend time with family in the summer, but after the run we had, I just feel like I want to play again. I want to do this again."
Brassard, 26, was a critical depth contributor for the Rangers last season, centering an excellent third-line that featured Benoit Pouliot and Mats Zuccarello. It's worth noting that both of Brassard's 2013-14 line-mates have signed lucrative contracts this summer. In 81 regular season games, Brassard scored 18 goals and 45 points, adding an additional six goals and 12 points in 23 playoff games on New York's run to the Stanley Cup Final.
New York Rangers restricted free agents Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello filed for arbritation earlier this month, and now we have a sense of what they believe they're worth on potential multi-year deals.
Brassard is seeking $5.5 million per season, while Zuccarello is looking for $4.5 million annually in a multi-year contract, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
The Rangers are attempting to negotiate long-term contracts with both that would entail “buying out” years of unrestricted free agency and thus would increase their annual cap hits over what they would command in arbitration.
Zuccarello, who would likely be in the $3.7 million-$4 million arbitration range off his club-leading 59-point season (19-40), is believed seeking a multi-year deal for at least $4.5 million per. Brassard, who would likely be in the $4.5 million-$4.75 million arbitration range off his 45-point (17-28) year, is believed to be looking for a long-term deal worth approximately $5.5 million per.
Chris Kreider also filed for arbitration, and defenseman John Moore has yet to be re-signed. The Rangers have about $13 million free to commit for next season, via CapGeek.
Zuccarello tied for the team lead with 40 assists and led the Rangers with 59 points in 2013-14.
Brassard scored 18 goals and registered 27 assists in 81 games last season, adding six goals and six assists in 23 playoff games.
[H/T Pro Hockey Talk]
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The New York Rangers have extended qualifying offers to seven players ahead of Monday's 5 p.m ET deadline. Among those players qualified are forwards Derick Brassard, Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello, Danny Kristo and Ryan Bourque, goaltender Jason Missiaen, and defenseman John Moore.
Among the five pending restricted free agents that weren't qualified, former first round pick Kyle Beach and defenseman Justin Falk are the most notable.