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10-30-2010, 10:15 AM
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How much $ will it cost to re-sign the Group II line?

We'll start first with the center Artem Anisimov. Group II this summer with no arbitration rights.

Look at some of the comparables from 2010. Group II with no arbitration rights.

Sam Gagner-2 years/$4.55 million
James Neal-2 years/$5.75 million
Martin Hanzal-2 years/$3.6 million
David Perron-2 years/$4.3 million
Bryan Little-3 years/$7.15 million

Anisimov is on pace for a 63 point season. The Neal contract. He had a 55 point season in 09-10 after a 37 point season in 08-09. He got close to $3 million AAV. AA had 28 points last season as a fourth line center. 50 plus points this season. AA will be in line for Neal's contract.

Brandon Dubinsky and Ryan Callahan are on pace for 80 and 90 point seasons respectively. If they get 60-70 points each,they are going to get close to or in excess of $4 million per. Group II's with arbitration rights. Nik Zherdev got $3.9 million in arbitration.

Under the current CBA,Callahan can become a group III in the summer of 2012. CBA expires in September 15,2012. Dubinsky would be a group III in 2013 if the group III remains at the age of 27 in the new CBA.

David Backes is looking for $5 million per as a group III this summer. He'll stay in St.Louis for between $4-$5 million. Closer to $5 million than $4 million.

Mike Fisher got 5 years/$21 million about 3 years when he was about to become a group III. His game is comparable to Callahan's. A long term deal for Callahan buys out his group III years. He has 1 group II year remaining.

Ryan Kesler got 6 years/$30 million which includes 4 group III years. Travis Zajac got 4 years/$15.55 million which includes 1 group III year. Kurt Overhardt represents both of those players in addition to Dubinsky.

The Rangers can point to David Bolland's contract of 5 years/$16.875 million which includes 1 group III year. Bolland signed that contract he didn't have arb rights. That might not be a bad deal to offer AA.

It's going to cost the Rangers most of their salary cap space this summer to re-sign those 3 players.

No bonus cushion available for 2011-12 season because the CBA expires in September 2012. Can not rollover the money when CBA expires.

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