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SportRangers re-sign Pavel Buchnevich to one-year deal ahead of arbitration hearing

07:45  27 july  2019
07:45  27 july  2019 Source:   prohockeyrumors.com

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With Pavel Buchnevich 's arbitration hearing scheduled for Monday, the Rangers will soon be forced into tough decisions to remedy their salary-cap The 24-year-old Russian, who has shown signs — albeit inconsistently — of being a capable offensive player, likely would be awarded a one - year deal

With an arbitration hearing quickly approaching, the Rangers announced that they have re-signed winger Pavel Buchnevich. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal with a cap hit of $3.25M per season.

Rangers re-sign Pavel Buchnevich to one-year deal ahead of arbitration hearing© Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

The 24-year-old set a new career-high in goals last season with 21 despite missing considerable time due to injuries, including a thumb issue that caused him to miss 13 contests.  That certainly would have helped his cause had his case gone to arbitration on Monday as originally scheduled.  He also has been relatively productive as a secondary scorer the last couple of seasons, posting 43 points in 2017-18 and 38 last season.

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Rangers agree to deal with Pavel Buchnevich . Although the specifics of the deal are not stated in the team’s official press release, it’s reported to be a two- year deal with an annual cap hit of .25 The 24- year -old has proven to be a useful part on a re -tooling Blueshirts squad. Buchnevich ’s new contract comes just before his salary arbitration hearing , which was set to take place on July 29th.

NEW YORK — The New York Rangers re - signed restricted free-agent forward Pavel Buchnevich to a two- year , .5 million contract Friday. The 24- year -old Russian had 21 goals and 17 assists in 64 regular-season games last season. In 179 games in three NHL seasons, all with the Rangers , he has

With the team adding Artemi Panarin in free agency while selecting Kaapo Kakko with the second pick in last month’s draft, the competition for a top-six spot on the wing is going to be tough in training camp.  It wouldn’t be surprising to see Buchnevich drop down a line, which could make it difficult to surpass his numbers over the past two years.

While getting this done was certainly critical for GM Jeff Gorton, it now brings their salary-cap situation even more to the forefront.  The Rangers now have upward of $85M in commitments for next season (and still have to re-sign defenseman Anthony DeAngelo and winger Brendan Lemieux).  In other words, they’re well over the $8.5M Upper Limit.

As this was New York’s final arbitration case, the clock is now set for its second buyout window.  It will open up on Monday afternoon and last 48 hours.  Defensemen Brendan Smith and Kevin Shattenkirk have been speculative buyout candidates going back to the initial window in June, but Gorton opted to not pull the trigger on a buyout at that time.  Since then, the team signed Panarin to a deal that makes him the highest-paid winger (in terms of AAV) in league history while inking defenseman Jacob Trouba to a deal worth $8M per season.  The Rangers' financial situation has certainly changed in a hurry.

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Sabres re - sign D Montour to one - year deal . Buchnevich , a restricted free agent whose arbitration hearing is set for July 29, scored a career-high 21 goals and The Rangers missed the playoffs for the second straight year this past season after reaching the postseason in seven consecutive seasons.

The New York Rangers re - signed restricted free-agent forward Pavel Buchnevich to a two- year , .5 million contract. The 24- year -old Russian had 21 goals and 17 assists in 64 regular-season games last season. In 179 games in three NHL seasons, all with the Rangers , he has 43 goals and 58 assists.

There is some risk in buying one of those players out, though.  While they’d free up some space for next season, the front-loaded nature of their deals means that their 2020-21 cap hit would still be substantial.

Accordingly, they may be better off looking to trade their way out of trouble.  Wingers Vladislav Namestnikov and Chris Kreider, players who are both a year away from UFA eligibility, have been in trade speculation lately as has Buchnevich himself.  This contract, one that will see him remain a restricted free agent two years from now, certainly won’t hurt his trade value if Gorton looks to go that route.

For the past few weeks, the Rangers were believed to have some time to settle their cap issues.  With their final opportunity to use a buyout to free up some room expiring on Wednesday, the clock is ticking quickly.  They’ll be a team to watch for over the coming days.

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