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Report: Rangers’ Brassard, Zuccarello, Kreider file for arbitration

Jul 5, 2014, 12:39 PM EDT

Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello Getty Images

The New York Rangers have three key forwards as restricted free agents and all three of them want arbitration.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello, and Chris Kreider have all filed for arbitration. In case you’ve forgotten, arbitration can get awkward if it reaches a hearing as the player and team make a case for what they feel they should be paid/pay out.

The upside here is this buys time to continue negotiations to get a long-term deal done. That’s just what the Rangers would like to do with these three forwards as they were instrumental in getting the team to the Stanley Cup Final last season.

Brassard is coming off a four-year, $12.8 million deal with a $3.2 million cap hit. Zuccarello is coming off a one-year, $1.15 million contract while Kreider just completed his entry-level contract that had an $800,000 cap hit.

All three players should expect raises and, according to, the Rangers have just over $14 million in cap space. They have one other restricted free agent in defenseman John Moore.

  1. DED - Jul 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    Well, that’s just swell.

  2. bleedrangerblue - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Please sign these players.

  3. djshnooks - Jul 5, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    I love seeing the Rags suffer.

    Welcome to a Sabres fan’s life! Lol.

    • billiam55 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      100% sure those are two very different ways of suffering.

      • sarahpatrick64 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM


    • sarahpatrick64 - Jul 6, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      Haha Buffalo Wild Wings.. I mean sabres are one if not the worst team in the nhl. Ranger fans are in no way suffering anything like buf fans are. Sabres fans are praying to have a record above 500 lmaoo.

  4. bwayblueshirt - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    If all three of these guys get to arbitration, John Moore will spend next season elsewhere. Remind me again why Dan Boyle was such an important acquisition?

    • jovocop2112 - Jul 7, 2014 at 8:46 AM

      Intangibles, lol

    • justinpecora50 - Jul 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      Once Stralman got his big raise and went to Tampa, there was a need for right handed shot from the point, should help out the PP. Considering Boyle left many dollars on the table to play here, It’s not a such a bad trade. Zucc will get a monster raise probably around $4- 4.5 mil a year, Brassard about the same, Zucc will a year or two more contract wise. Kreider because of his talent and speed I’m guessing around $2.5 mil a year maybe a 3 or 4 year deal, so the can afford them, and with $3-4 million left should be able to get Moore signed, that’ll leave Diaz and Falk and a whole bunch of non-roster guys, not much left. That’s what happens when you have 1/3 of your cap tied up to just 3 players.

  5. pj608 - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:15 PM

    What is Arbitration? I saw this about Ryan O’Rielly as well… Does that mean they are suing the team or just looking to sign else where?

    • hockeydon10 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      It means the player and team will have the contract salary decided by an outside arbitrator. Usually if a player files for arbitration it’s because they feel the team is offering too little. If the team files it could either mean they think the player’s number is too high. Or, IIRC, the team does it to restrict the player from accepting offer sheets from another team.

      • pj608 - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:39 PM

        Gotcha… thanks man.

  6. bleedrangerblue - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    I’d rather have Del Zotto back than a over priced AGED has been. I’m with ya blueshirt.

    • Erin - Jul 7, 2014 at 3:33 PM

      I’d rather naw my own arm off than have DelZotto back, no thanks.

  7. bleedrangerblue - Jul 5, 2014 at 4:39 PM


    • oconnelloc - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:36 PM

      How soon we forget

  8. rutledge3197 - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    The Rangers now nor ever will be anywhere close to the red-headed step child of NY….. The Buffalo Sabres…..

    • oconnelloc - Jul 5, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Or the New. York islanders

  9. bleedrangerblue - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:18 PM

    Dude it gives them more time to negotiate and sign them.

  10. rutledge3197 - Jul 5, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Sabres life….. Buy tickets to home games so you can see what NHL teams are supposed to play like…..

  11. 950003cups - Jul 5, 2014 at 8:09 PM

    A player initiated arbitration means that the team can walk away from the arbitrators decision. If the players don’t file then they take the qualifying offer. It’s basically a formality. Every team goes through this. It gives the team and players more time to negotiate a deal. Most likely none of the three will see arbitration. Arbitration is in August.
    Not surprising that rags fans are scared. They usually know nothing about hockey except “we have more fans than the Devils”.

  12. rupp246 - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    The Devils are still in the league, wow who knew!

  13. bleedrangerblue - Jul 6, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    950003 is a dick.

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