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Salary arbitration hearing dates for four Rangers set

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers

Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers skates with the puck during a game against the Pittsburgh Penguins at Consol Energy Center on Feb. 10, 2016 in Pittsburgh. Credit: Getty Images/ Matt Kincaid

The dates of the salary arbitration hearings in Toronto for the Rangers’ four restricted free agents have been set.

They are: July 21, Dylan McIlrath; July 22, Chris Kreider; July 27, Kevin Hayes, and Aug. 2, J.T. Miller.

All received qualifying offers but chose arbitration before the July 5 deadline.

In general, both sides negotiate before the hearing, and the majority of players come to an agreement prior to the hearing date.

Three of the 24 NHL players who filed have already settled.

The Rangers have about $12 million in salary-cap space.

Kreider, 25, scored 21 goals and had 22 assists in 79 games in the second seasson of a two-year, $4.95-million contract.

Hayes, 24, collected 14 goals and 36 points in 79 games in his second year of a two-year, $7.5-million deal.

Miller, 23, had a breakout season with 22 goals and 21 assists in 82 games on a one-year deal worth $874,000.

McIlrath, 24, played in 34 games with two goals, two assists and 64 penalty minutes. The defenseman was on a one-year, $600,000 contract.

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