Per the CBA, salary figures for arbitration must be submitted 48 hours prior to the hearing. Chris Kreider’s hearing is set for Wednesday morning of this week, July 23rd. Kreider has asked for $2.8 million per year, meanwhile the Rangers have put forth 2 offers, both of them 2-year deals, the better one being $2.2 per year year. The sides can still negotiate a deal prior to the hearing Wednesday if they can come to an agreement.
Right now, this is a good situation for the Rangers. The teams figures compared to Kreider’s are only $750K off which is much easier to negotiate than millions. It was figured Kreider would receive about $2.5 million a year on this deal anyway so this will fit nicely with the Rangers plans. Kreider is only coming off his entry-level deal with 89 NHL games to his name so a deal around these figures would work nicely for both sides. Kreider gets a chance to continue to prove himself for a bigger payday down the road while the Rangers get a bridge-deal that will keep him in a Rangers uniform until they can free up more cap space for his next deal down the road as he improves.
Slowly but surely, the Rangers are beginning to come together. After Kreider’s contract gets done, the Rangers can focus on Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, and John Moore. After getting these players under contract, the Rangers will have a training camp roster ready to compete and although with a different look, hopefully good enough to push the Rangers back to where they were just one season ago.