“Going to arbitration, it’s just a bad deal all together. Teams have to downplay you. I know you have to have that in the system, but it’s just something you don’t want to have to go through.”
MacArthur filed for arbitration the last three seasons and went through the process last summer.
It's bad news and the Rangers dodged a big bullet, even if they weren't going to talk badly about him, by agreeing to a deal with Brandon Dubinsky before the hearing. It's a leverage move to file for it and the players have every right to do so, but they have to know that the possibility of a falling out between the two sides is there.
The Rangers will sign Ryan Callahan before his hearing this Thursday.