The New York Rangers’ pending UFAs seem to be gathering steam on the trade scene.
Bob McKenzie had a Wednesday evening pregame TV hit on NBCSN, and shared his latest intel.
“Rangers are continuing to get a lot of action on their potential rentals,” noted McKenzie. “That would be Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, and Adam McQuaid. Right now I think it’s fair to say that it is more likely than not that all three of them will be traded by Monday. There seems to be a fair amount of action on all of them. The sense seems to be that Hayes could fetch a first-round pick, and a prospect. That Zuccarello could fetch a second-round pick and a prospect. And that Adam McQuaid could fetch, potentially, a third-round pick.
“So these are very fluid situations. But right now it seems like all of the focus for the New York Rangers is on trying to trade those players. That’s not to say that if they don’t like what’s on the table for any one of the three of them that they couldn’t go back to each of the player’s representatives before the deadline and see if they could fashion some sort of contract extension.
“But right now, as I said, all the focus on trying to trade these guys, and those prices we mentioned are kind of what the Rangers are hopeful, optimistic, and expecting to get if they’re going to move them.”
Hayes is on a one-year, $5.175 million contract.
Zuccarello is finishing up a four-year, $18 million pact.
McQuaid is in the final months of his four-year, $11 million contract.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly