NHLPA announces 26 players have elected Salary Arbitration: https://t.co/vReWQ0Y2Pq
— NHLPA (@NHLPA) October 10, 2020
This is a standard step in the process, and nothing to get overly alarmed about. They were both going to file. This does two things: It protects them both from offer sheets, and it opens the second buyout window. It’s unlikely the second buyout window is used, but protecting from offer sheets is probably a good thing.
It is unlikely both all four NY Rangers make it to arbitration, which begins on October 20. The Rangers are still shopping Strome and listening on DeAngelo. DeAngelo’s future is likely tied to Alex Pietrangelo’s decision. Keep an eye on the trade market as this evolves. The only two I’d almost guarantee to return are Georgiev and Lemieux.