2012 Rangers Free Agency: Stralman Files for Arbitration; Nash Talks in Holding Pattern

Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record reports that Anton Stralman, who was tendered a qualifying offer at 105 percent of the $900,000 he earned last season, was among the list of 16 NHL players who did file for salary arbitration yesterday.

Gross adds that with Stralman filing for salary arbitration, it likely signals the desire on both sides to work out a multi-year deal in the ballpark of two years at $2.6 million or three years at $3.9 million.

…Sather getting closer to shoring up what should be the best defensive corps in the NHL for the second straight season. And you all know who that final piece is. I’ll give you a hint, he shares a name with the best grill on the market.

For those of you hoping, with the Zach Parise and Ryan Suter signings out of the way, the Rick Nash saga will be over soon, think again…


…grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Despite that report, Columbus GM Scott Howson told the Associated Press that he is “working very hard” to trade Nash.

And apparently “working very hard” means scaring away potential suitors by asking for the moon, as the Hurricanes dropped out of the Nash sweepstakes after Columbus demanded Jeff Skinner in return. (ESPN Insider)

…sadly for Howson and Columbus, there is no way they are getting equal value in return for Nash. Best option may be for them to sit Nash down and see if staying with the Blue Jackets is an option.

Meanwhile, Jesse Spector at the Sporting News takes a look at why Bobby Ryan is more desirable than Nash…

“In fact, a Nash trade will shift him from being captain of a perennially lousy team to a key contributor on a perennially good one. Even if Nash goes to the New York Rangers, who likely will miss Marian Gaborik at the start of the season after shoulder surgery, he would have to share the stage on Broadway, and will face a bigger adjustment to a trade than will Ryan, who has been playing on a team with a former MVP in Corey Perry and a living legend in Teemu Selanne.”

…to me the biggest positive for Ryan over Nash is the asking price which seems significantly lower for the Ducks star.

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For those of you looking to get the jump on next year’s UFAs, Pro Hockey Talk’s Jason Brough has the list.

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Julie Robenhymer at HockeyBuzz gives us a pretty good scouting report on the newest Ranger, undrafted free agent signee Kyle Jean…

“He’s a great prospect at 6’4, 200 lb who knows how to use his body, is surprisingly light footed and recently re-discovered his scoring touch, especially around the net, but I don’t think he’s penciled into the Rangers lineup this fall. That said, he was poised to be a hot commodity in the college free agent market this year and was invited to several development camps this summer, including Buffalo’s this weekend.

At 22 years-old, he’s kind of in that awkward development stage where he’s better than where he is, but not quite good enough for the next level which is why I think this is a great move for him.”

…i dare someone to give me a better scouting department in the NHL than the Rangers. In Gordie we trust.

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Finally, yesterday the Red Wings hired former Rangers head coach Tom Renney as an associate coach.

…apparently the Red Wings felt that had too much offense last season.

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