Not going to have much today, even if there’s big news … which we’re not anticipating.
I have a big family reunion/golf outing upstate, so I won’t be anywhere near a computer or a phone or anything.
I did want to clear up a few things about Zherdev’s July 31 arbitration hearing, and arbitration in general.
1) Yes, it’s true, no team can tender an offer sheet to a player headed to arbitration.
2) The arbitrator can pick the player’s number, the team’s offer, or any number in between.
3) The team can accept the arbitrator’s decision and keep the player if they’re happy with the award.
4) Or the team can accept the decision and attempt to trade him, but that would be risky if the team doesn’t want the player, especially if he “wins” his arbitration case.
5) The team can walk away from the arbitrator’s decision, in which case the player becomes an unrestricted free agent and cannot be traded.
IMHO, the Rangers have been talking to teams about trades involving Zherdev based on certain salaries. If he wins a large contract, though, I think they’ll walk away and let him do the same.
Been delinquent in this: NYRangerscast had Matt Gilroy as a guest on a podcast this week. You can hear the interview here:
I hope so, anyway. I had some trouble getting it to play last night.
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