As Derick Brassard told Pat Leondard of the NY Dailey News, "Just this week I was thinking about how excited I am about going back to New York and playing again."
Yet he and the Rangers remain about $1.1M apart on his salary, according to Elliotte Friedman of HNIC,
Brassard requests $4.95M. NYR counter is $3.825MProblem is, the Rangers are quickly running out of cap-space. They have just $6.33M left to re-sign Derick Brassard and defenseman John Moore for the upcoming 2014-'15 season.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 26, 2014
Brassard, who turns 27 in September, is coming off a four-year contract that dinged the cap at $3.2M a season, but his real-world cost finished at $3.7M.
Along with the cap-crunch, the Rangers may be finding it hard to justify paying him nearly $5M per season. After all, while Brass has scored at least 41 points in four of the last five seasons, he's also yet to reach 50. He also doesn't play top-line minutes, playing just 15:48 a night on average last year.
As a Rangers fan, I really like him. His talent proceeds him and I'm confident with him on the ice in all situations and zones. But I'm just a fan. And I expect GM Glen Sather to be shrewd with his allotted dollars.
His arbitration hearing is set for tomorrow, Monday the 28th should the two sides not agree to a contract first.
Finally, here's a look at the Rangers 2013-'14 player usage chart, courtesy of ExtraSkater.com,
|Rangers 2013-'14 player usage chart via ExtraSkater.com|
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