So basicly, the Rangers should offer him a good contract if they want to get him to sign. Immonen and his agent has a pretty good negotiating advance since if Jarkko doesn't come over this season, he'll be a free agent after this season and can negotiate with any NHL team that might want his services.
That's in the new CBA-24 years old
One difference-Players age 22-23 signing an entry level contract are required to sign a two year deal but a 24 year old signing an entry level contract can only sign a one year deal
eh unless sather HAS to have him signed by monday, then it doesn't matter what his teams GM wants. if the new IIHF agreement goes through, the guy can ask all he wants but he's only going to get what was agreed to in the agreement.
right now, it just sounds like he's trying to bluster his way into some money. "yeah we'll let you buy him out right now so you don't have to sit and worry about the agreement not passing on monday! but it'll cost just a little extra..."
The trouble is, all coutries have to ratify this contract. It´s very probable that Russia will refuse to sign it and Czech too. In that case the contract is invalid and NHL teams will have to deal with directly with Europen teams. And Czech and Russian teams won´t be willing to leave players under contract to come over unless they receive lots of money, much more than under NHL-IIHF deal.