Don’t read anything into it. Repeat: Do not read anything into this.
It’s part of the process. They will all be re-signed. The good thing is that these filings for arbitration A) get rid of the possibility of an offer sheet being tendered and B) open a second window for potential buyouts should the Rangers choose to rid themselves of other contracts.
Hearings are scheduled to begin July 20. Some of these will sign before hearings.
From the NHLPA:
23 PLAYERS ELECT SALARY ARBITRATION
TORONTO (July 5, 2011) – Twenty-three players have elected Salary Arbitration:
Anaheim Ducks: Dan Sexton.
Buffalo Sabres: Andrej Sekera.
Carolina Hurricanes: Derek Joslin.
Chicago Blackhawks: Chris Campoli, Viktor Stalberg.
Colorado Avalanche: Kevin Porter, Ryan Wilson.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Marc Methot.
Edmonton Oilers: Andrew Cogliano.
Los Angeles Kings: Alec Martinez, Brad Richardson.
Montreal Canadiens: Josh Gorges.
Nashville Predators: Sergei Kostitsyn.
New Jersey Devils: Mark Fraser.
New York Islanders: Blake Comeau.
New York Rangers: Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan, Brandon Dubinsky,Michael Sauer.
Phoenix Coyotes: Lauri Korpikoski.
Tampa Bay Lightning: Teddy Purcell.
Vancouver Canucks: Jannik Hansen.
Winnipeg Jets: Blake Wheeler.
The deadline for Club-Elected Salary Arbitration notification is July 6, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Hearings will be held in Toronto from July 20 to August 4, 2011.
Also, here is an excellent free-agent tracker from USA Today.
The new savior, Brad Richards, is going to be available to the beat guys after a Garden of Dreams event at the practice facility today. So this afternoon youse might want to scan the Tweet widget or the other blogs for any interesting comments from B. Rich. … or is it Richie?
Our buddy Jim Cerny on Blueshirts United will have an interview with Richards, and in it, he says, his uniform number will be revealed. That should pop up in the Twit widget over on the right this afternoon.
Then come back here and discuss, as always.
I gotta go see a friend I haven’t seen nearly enough this summer.