Editor's Note: After publication of this blog post, Brian Boyle was re-signed to a three-year contract.
On July 2, the day Richards signed his nine-year, $60 million dollar deal with the Blueshirts, the Rangers GM said his attention would turn to trying to ink the club's five restricted free agents.
He's already locked up forward Artem Anisimov and defenseman Michael Sauer, but the Rangers remaining trio of RFAs -- Brian Boyle, Ryan Callahan and Brandon Dubinsky -- are each scheduled to have their arbitration cases are heard this month. Time is running out.
"We've had good conversations, and continue to negotiate in good faith in the hopes that a deal can be reached," says Callahan's agent, Stephen Bartlett. "Arbitration is always the last resort."
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