The NHL Players Association announced on Friday that 40 players have filed for salary arbitration and the most prominent name on the list belongs to the New York Rangers.
Of those heading to an arbitrator are Rangers forward Pavel Buchnevich and recently acquired defenseman Jacob Trouba. Both are restricted free agents.
At a later date each player will have arbitration hearings in Toronto. Those have yet to be scheduled, but according to the NHLPA release, league-wide meetings with individual players will take place from July 20 to Aug. 4. The Rangers and players can continue to negotiate a contract before the meeting.
According to Spotrac, the Rangers currently have approximately $8.02 million in salary cap space following the start of free agency this month. During the opening days of free agency, New York landed forward Artemi Panarin via a seven-year, $81.5 million deal.
Last season Trouba, 25, played under a one-year deal with the Winnipeg Jets worth $5.5 million. In order to fit both players under the salary cap, the Rangers may have to make various roster moves to make space. Buchnevich, 24, played under a deal with an annual average value of $925,000 last season and was the team's third-round pick at the 2013 NHL draft.
Buchnevich played in 64 games for the Rangers last season, notching 21 goals and 38 points. In 179 career games, he has 43 goals and 101 points.
The Rangers traded defender Neal Pionk and a first-round pick to the Jets for Trouba, who had a career-high 50 points in 2018-19.