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12-29-2012, 11:13 AM
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We had this discussion a few months ago when the NHL wanted to abolish salary arbitration and require players to have 10 years of service before becoming a group III. Salary arbitration and free agency will remain the same. 4 years for players signing their ELC at 18-20. 3 years for 21. 7 or 27 for group III. Ryan McDonagh will be arbitration eligible. Michael Del Zotto will be arb eligible if he signs a 1 year SPC. Go look at what the Caps gave John Carlson. 6 years/$23.8M. $3.8M in 12-13 which is non-arb year. $4M annually the next 5 years. It will cost the Rangers $4M annually for each defensemen. DZ will not be cheap in a short term deal. McD will cost more than $4M annually. Arbitration eligible in July. For the Rangers to have Cup aspirations,McD will be a big part of that. Carl Hagelin is also arbitration eligible. 22-23 years old. 2 years. Derek Stepan is not arb eligible but he will get a very nice raise especially if the Rangers are a top team in the east and reach the conference finals again.

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