No, we won’t know today about Nik Zherdev’s arbitration hearing, which will almost certainly provide his ride out of town.
The arbitrator has 48 hours—which might be stretched to 72 because it falls on a weekend—to make his decision. Then the Rangers have 48 hours to reach their decision on whether to accept the award or walk away and make Zherdev an unrestricted free agent.
We’ve been told the numbers in print elsewhere today aren’t completely accurate. But they are probably close.
Anyway, you’d assume Glen Sather has contacted every team in creation to see if they’d be interested in Zherdev, depending on the size of the new contract. You’d also assume that Sather will also have his decision made the moment the arbitration award is announced.
But he doesn’t have to make it right away. He can use those 48 hours to further shop Zherdev, whose pricetag will then be known.
Very, very unlikely, though, that Zherdev will be a Ranger 49 hours after the decision, one way or another.