Rangers qualify all RFAs except Strome and Lundqvist confirms he wants to play
The New York Rangers recently qualified RFA defenseman, Tony DeAngelo. Now we are hearing that Brendan Lemieux and Alexandar Georgiev have been qualified also. However, they may not do so with RFA center Ryan Strome.
Earlier today, I was tipped off that something was happening.
Rangers may not qualify Strome
In a new report from Larry Brooks he states that the Rangers are still undecided if they will qualify Strome. The reason being his arbitration eligibility which could have him see a reward over $4.5 million.
And yes, the Rangers would have walk-away rights, but only if the award is above $4,538,958. That could be close to the award if the arbiter goes low. It is unlikely the Blueshirts would extend a QO without being comfortable having the power to walk away from it.NY POST
So if the Rangers are unable to walk away from the award it could make other moves difficult. If they do not qualify him they lose negotiation rights.
Henrik Lundqvist sends a clear message
The recently bought out King has just tweeted out a statement of intent. “I still love to compete. I still love the game and I still want to WIN!” Don’t be shocked if he lands in Washington or Colorado.
Also, Lundqvist has updated all his social media bios and removed all references to the Rangers.