The deadline for restricted free agents to file for arbitration was 5:00PM today and four Rangers elected to file. Brandon Dubinsky, Ryan Callahan, Brian Boyle, and Michael Sauer will all have arbitration hearings, assuming they don’t get respective deals done, between July 20th – August 4th. The other remaining RFA Artem Anisimov was ineligible for arbitration rights.
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After you take a few deep breaths, you’ll realize this isn’t bad. In fact, it’s a very good thing. By filing for arbitration, each young & valuable player to the Rangers future cannot be poached via an offer sheet by another GM thus granting protection until a deal is signed.
You’ll remember two seasons ago Dubinsky held out for his contract because he had no arbitration rights. This time around, both sides seem to be on or about the same page and would like a deal quickly. Filing for arbitration is just “part of the process.” For the other 3 Rangers, it’s a case of let’s get a deal done. I don’t foresee any Ranger making to arbitration.
Aside from being ineligible, Anisimov and his agent and the Rangers are apparently close to a new deal.
During the Brad Richards conference call, GM Glen Sather indicated his next move is to sign all of the Rangers RFA’s “within the next few weeks.” The arbitration filings make will make that reality happen a bit quicker.