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  • Rangers avoid arbitration with Derick Brassard, agree to five-year, $25 million deal

    Harrison Mooney at Puck Daddy1 day ago

    Proving once again that nothing gets a deal done like an impending arbitration hearing, the New York Rangers and RFA Derick Brassard have agreed to terms on a new deal.

    It's a five-year contract that will pay Brassard $25 million total, for a cap hit of $5 million. The year-to-year breakdown isn't quite that simple, however. The 26-year-old will earn the bulk of the money up front, with $7 million coming to him next season, $6 million in 2015-16, $5 million the following year, and then $3.5 million in the final two years of the deal to bring that all important average annual salary down.

    The deal is a huge win for Brassard's camp. Heck, it's even a little more than they were asking yesterday, according to Elliotte Friedman:

    Brassard requests $4.95M. NYR counter is $3.825M

    The two sides were only $1.1 million apart then, and with arbitration looming, it was the Rangers who caved, apparently kicking in an extra $50,000 for Brassard's troubles.  

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