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Ryan Strome arbitration numbers show big gap with Rangers

The Ryan Strome arbitration numbers are in, and there is a wide gap between the Rangers and Strome. Strome is coming in at $5.7 million, with the Rangers countering at $3.6 million.

The wide gap isn’t surprising, this always happens in arbitration. The player comes in way too high, the team comes in way too low, and then an arbitrator settles in the middle. The middle ground here is $4.65 million on a one year deal.

Now this is where it gets interesting. The Rangers have openly balked at keeping Strome at above the walkaway point of $4.54 million. They could, in theory, walk away from him. However, they’d only likely do that if they feel they can sign him at a lower cost. Given how the UFA market has gone, they may actually be able to pull that off.

The Ryan Strome arbitration numbers are normal process, even if they seem comical from our eyes.

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  • Yes, it does seem comical.

    I wonder if the arbitrator comes in at 100,000 below the walk-away number, which might frustrate the Rangers, and be considered a “win” for Strome.

    • The Rangers could live with it, but $4.4mm would be a win for Strome.

      The Rangers would have to manage with a 21 man roster for a couple of weeks to bank enough cap credits to both manage bonus overages and expand the roster.

      Another reason Brendan Smith is going nowhere.

      Only way Strome beats $4.4 mm is going long on term and backloading the deal.

      Is the Rangers did Max bonus, minimum salary at $3.6mm, that’s better than a $4mm all salary deal.

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