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New York Rangers Sign Ryan Strome, But Almost Walked From Deal

Despite Ryan Strome almost being too rich for the New York Rangers blood, the two sides get a two-year extension done before NHL arbitration.

The New York Rangers have avoided arbitration with forward Ryan Strome and have reached an agreement with restricted free agent forward, signing him to a two-year contract worth a total of $9 million. Strome’s hearing had been scheduled for later today, and there was some thought the Rangers might actually walk away from the deal if it came in higher than $4.5 million per season.

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With the two sides being able to land squarely on that number, he’s been extended for two more seasons. But it almost didn’t work out that way, according to Larry Brooks of The New York Post. Brooks noted earlier this week that this hearing could have gone the other way if the two teams had gotten that far. He noted that meeting in the middle would have put the arbitrator at $4.65 million and Brooks believed the Rangers could have bailed if that would have happened.

He wrote:

“So for this one, in which both bids seem extreme, the award is likely to come in at the $4.5-to-$5.1 million range. If the award is in excess of $4,538,958, the Rangers could walk away from Strome, who was the team’s third-leading scorer behind Panarin and Mika Zibanejad.”

It’s interesting to think the Rangers would have walked away over $150K.

Strome had filed for a $5.7 million salary and the Rangers filed for much lower, at $3.6 million. This year only, New York could have walked from an award. Despite scoring 59 points in 70 games for the Rangers this past season, there was some concern among the Rangers brass that Strome was the right fit long-term. In 491 total NHL games, he’s posted 95 goals and 159 assists for 254 points. His career totals definitely improved because of this past season.

What’s Next for the Rangers

After signing Strome, the Rangers now show they have $6,379,367 in projected cap space with a roster of 22 players (13F-7D-2G). The final remaining unsigned RFA is forward Brendan Lemieux.

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  1. Gregg

    November 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Other than pointless posts, there is NO evidence the
    “ rangers almost walked away from the deal” did JD or Jeff tell you that ?? No, then stop speculating like you have the inside scoop !! Between now and January, the Rangers can do a lot of maneuvering like burying Smith in the AHL or still maybe trade Buch.. but stop writing as though you are the personal assistant to the Rangers front office. Also he signed , move on …. it’s meaningless to write a post about what you think was about to happen AFTER it didn’t !!

  2. Truck Robinson

    November 5, 2020 at 8:04 pm

    If he isn’t traded at deadline then he’s a krack head I mean kraken

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