Kevin Hayes to Free Agency

August 15th, 2014 at 9:30 pm by Ross Rhea

Kevin Hayes will hit the free agent market at midnight tonight. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman announced the team could not come to contract terms with Hayes after making a “generous” final offer. Hayes felt, in the end, it was his best interest to hit the open market. It has been rumored he wants to step
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Rangers 2014 Traverse City Roster

August 12th, 2014 at 6:10 pm by Ross Rhea

On Tuesday, the Rangers announced their roster for the 2014 Traverse City Tournament that will take place in Traverse City, Michigan. The Rangers are sending a team of prospects for their 8th consecutive appearance. This year, the Rangers first game will take place on Friday, September 12th against the Dallas Stars prospects. They will then play 24
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Rangers Should Push for Kevin Hayes

August 8th, 2014 at 10:47 am by Ross Rhea

We mentioned this last month that there was a possibility 24th overall pick in 2010 Kevin Hayes would not sign with the Blackhawks and therefore become a free agent on August 16th when the deadline rolls around. It’s just over a week away from August 16th and the Boston College product is still at a deadlock
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Rangers sign Brassard to a five year deal

July 27th, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Bill Goldthorpe

According to Elliotte Friedman, the Rangers have signed restricted free agent Derick Brassard to a five year, $25 million contract. A few weeks ago I wrote about how the Rangers needed to be careful with Brassard’s next contract for the following reason: In totality, Brassard’s production and usage was very similar to Brad Richards last season.
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Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, signs two year deal

July 23rd, 2014 at 9:50 am by Bill Goldthorpe

The Rangers have re-signed Chris Kreider to a two year deal with an AAV of $2.475M. It’s a positive sign that both Kreider and Mats Zuccarello have been able to avoid the inherently nasty process that is a salary arbitration hearing. It would have been a bad omen if Kreider and the Rangers couldn’t agree to
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Rangers and Zuccarello avoid arbitration, agree to one year deal

July 22nd, 2014 at 7:04 pm by Bill Goldthorpe

The Rangers have agreed to a one year, $3.5M deal with Mats Zuccarello, allowing both parties to avoid the unpleasantries of arbitration. Zuccarello will be a free agent next summer, just ahead of his age 28 season. According to Larry Brooks, both sides will continue to work towards a long-term deal.

The agreement is best for both sides. At this point, Zuccarello is not worth more than $3.5M on a long term deal. The deal allows him to have another good year ahead of free agency when the Rangers are in a better cap situation to extend him long-term. Everybody is a winner.

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The Rangers dilemma with Marc Staal accelerates

July 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 am by Bill Goldthorpe

Marc Staal is one year away from unrestricted free agency and the Rangers may have already missed their best opportunity to solve the dilemma. According to Larry Brooks, Staal may be seeking a multi year deal worth $5.5M per, which is entirely too much for the Rangers-bred defenseman. If Staal really is seeking the same six
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Rangers and Kreider Set For Arbitration

July 21st, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Ross Rhea

Per the CBA, salary figures for arbitration must be submitted 48 hours prior to the hearing. Chris Kreider’s hearing is set for Wednesday morning of this week, July 23rd. Kreider has asked for $2.8 million per year, meanwhile the Rangers have put forth 2 offers, both of them 2-year deals, the better one being $2.2
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