The New York Rangers have several unrestricted free agents who may be peddled soon, but at least one player with term should be attracting interest too.
Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek touched on the Rangers in the latest edition of 31 Thoughts: The Podcast.
“Kreider, Hayes, Zuccarello, those are the obvious names,” began Marek, who then added McQuaid.
“McQuaid for sure,” agreed Friedman. “If I was an NHL team that thought I could win and needed some edge, I would be going after Kreider. But I could see the Rangers wanting to keep him. This is supposed to be a one-year thing, and then they’re going to be in the free agent market. So I wonder what they’re going to do there. But I really like Kreider. I like him a lot. I think he’s a guy who just runs over people and you need that.
“I think Calgary might have some interest in Zuccarello or something like that there, as a depth guy.”
“Really,” mused a surprised Marek.
“Yep,” said Friedman. “I think Calgary is looking for some depth on the wing.”
“I think Edmonton at one point,” added Marek.
“Edmonton definitely looked at it,” agreed Friedman.
“Zuccarello or Kreider,” asked Marek.
“Zuccarello,” said Friedman. “I mean, they might have done Kreider too, but I think they looked at Zuccarello also. And the other guy we haven’t mentioned from the Rangers is Hayes.”
“Well, you’ve mentioned Colorado before,” noted Marek.
“Yes, but I’m not sure they’re going to do that,” said Friedman. “And I think also when Duchene gets set, then Hayes is going to come up. And he’ll get some interest.”
Kevin Hayes is on a one-year, $5.175 million contract.
Mats Zuccarello is in the final season of a four-year, $18 million contract.
Adam McQuaid is in the final months of his four-year, $11 million pact.
Chris Kreider has this season and next year remaining on his four-year, $18.5 million contract, which carries a modified no-trade clause through which he has an 11-team no-trade list.
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