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Kreider requests $2.8 million for salary arbitration

Jul 21, 2014, 12:26 PM EST

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Per CBC, budding Rangers power forward Chris Kreider is asking for $2.8 million for his upcoming salary arbitration hearing, and New York brass has countered with a number not that far off.

The Rangers are offering a two year deal worth an average of $2.05 million — $1.9M in the first year and $2.2M in the second. In terms of single-year average salary, the two sides are only $750,000 apart (though, if Kreider was gunning for a two-year pact at $2.8M, the two sides would really be $1.5M apart.)

Regardless, this economic development has to be seen as a good one for the Blueshirts. They’re doing a bit of a salary cap dance lately and head into three crucial arbitration hearings — Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard — with approximately $12 million in available space.

According to earlier reports, Zuccarello is aiming for a deal that pays $4.5M annually while Brassard wants even more, at $5.5M per.

As for Kreider — the club’s first-round pick (19th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft — he had a very good 2013-14 campaign and will get a raise from the $1.3M annual cap hit from his entry-evel deal. The 23-year-old had 17 points and finished 10th in Calder voting last season, then proceeded to score 13 points in 15 playoff games while averaging close to 17 minutes per night.

  1. mactruck27 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:35 PM

    2 years at $2.5 mil each, call it a day. Next!

    • mikec98 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Not as simple as you think…..

      • killerpgh - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        I agree. Everyone always just assumes that they should just meet in the middle. It’s not that cut and dry. I would love to by a house off of people who think it’s that simple. They want $300,000 for their house. I should just offer $100,000 and obviously we should just settle on you selling your house to me for $200,000.

  2. barkar942 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:40 PM

    Brassard won’t get 5.5M. The Rangers will win at whatever they offer. Zucc I feel at this point is not worth the 4.5M he is asking. 3M for two years sounds more like it for his bridge contract. The Rangers are right on target with Kreids and will probably settle at about 2.25M.
    Just my thoughts.

    • 19to77 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Zuc can point to the fact that he paced the Rangers in playoff scoring, though, so that does a lot for his bargaining position. I’d expect something nearer to 4M than 3M, but that’s just me. You’re right about Brassard for sure, he’s shooting for the moon and it isn’t gonna happen. Good player, definitely, but that’s way too much. Any number between 2.05 and 2.8 is a good deal for what Kreider brings, so I’m sure the Rangers brass is happy with that situation too.

      • 19to77 - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM

        … by which I actually mean he paced them in regular season scoring. Derp.

    • mikec98 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:24 PM

      Brassard probably will get at least 5million. I don’t think he is worth 5.5 million but with the lack of centers the rangers have and the lack of free agents on the market he can use that to his advantage in contract talks(especially because the rangers still need a number 3 or 4 center because Moore can play 3 line center and possibly even 2 line center if the rangers cant sign brassard). The rangers have about 12 million in cap space and if kredir goes for 2.4 million zuccerlo for 4.5 million and brassard for 5 million they will have the space. But not for john Moore who I really hope they can keep. He’s young good puck mover great shot on the power play(he will be on the 2 line power play because of dan boyle)

      I don’t get why the rangers want to sign kredir for only 2 years, they might as well sign him for a 4-5 years cheap before he grows even more and goes for 4-5 million in the next 2 years.

  3. nyking1963 - Jul 21, 2014 at 12:42 PM

    fair numbers on both sides. Seems like an easy deal to work out.

  4. rbbbaron - Jul 21, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    Will be interesting to see what he gets. This might be a reference point for what Tomas Tatar could expect should he reject Holland’s offer and go the arbitration route.

  5. bleedrangerblue - Jul 21, 2014 at 4:44 PM

    Sign Kreider! Sign Zucc! Sign Brass!

    • mikec98 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      I agree with you but it’s not as easy as you think. The rangers gm wanted to keep the team together mainly but he couldn’t because of the cap.

  6. billiam55 - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    should expect something done by this week then. and zucc deserves what hes asking for. brassard though, hes a lil drunk with that amount hopefully he sobers up.

  7. 950003cups - Jul 21, 2014 at 5:17 PM

    The kid needs to fire his agent. Adam Henrique is at $4 mill for 6 yrs. I’d put them close in talent. Unless he wants a one year deal to re-up later.

    • johnstone17 - Jul 21, 2014 at 7:16 PM

      Looking at a bridge deal for now.

  8. gimmethecreeps - Jul 21, 2014 at 9:07 PM

    Get him for 2 years at 2.3 million a year, I’d say.

    • mikec98 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

      Not as easy as you think..

  9. nashernation - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:49 AM

    2 years 2.5 per done it’s a wrap.. Zucc and Brass to follow and AV gets his group. Big things in 2015

  10. paulerhythm - Jul 22, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Seems reasonable. Need to sign the linebacker on skates and Zuccarello ASAP.

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