Friedman: Action has picked up on Rangers’ pending UFAs

The New York Rangers should be able to further stock the cupboards in the coming days.

Elliotte Friedman had a Thursday TV hit on NHL Network, as part of a roundtable discussion with E.J. Hradek and Billy Jaffe.

Friedman was asked for his thoughts on the usual trade suspects on the Rangers’ front, which have included Kevin Hayes, Mats Zuccarello, and Adam McQuaid.

“I believe action on all three of those players has picked up,” indicated Friedman. “I wonder if there was a time that the Rangers were a bit concerned that the market for some of those guys wasn’t going to be as strong, but I don’t think that’s the case any more.

“Hayes, I’ve heard there’s been a few teams asking about him. If Nashville doesn’t get Duchene, I think Hayes could be high on their list.

“Zuccarello has been on fire as of late. I think the action has picked up on him. Teams like Calgary and Dallas, among others.

“McQuaid, we’ve heard everything from Toronto to Tampa for him.
“Kreider, I just heard the ask is really high. The ask is really high for Kreider because he’s got that year.

“But I just look at those Ranger guys, and I don’t think they’re going to have any trouble moving any of them if they want to.”

Zuccarello is on an expiring four-year, $18 million contract.

Hayes is on a one-year, $5.175 million contract.

McQuaid is finishing his four-year, $11 million pact.

Kreider is in the third season of a four-year, $18.5 million contract, which contains a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 11 destinations.

Friedman mentioned Kreider in his response because Hradek had wondered about the possibility of a Kreider trade in his response, which preceded Friedman.

Bob McKenzie provided an updated pricing guide for the Rangers’ rentals Wednesday evening.

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