NHL Rumors IV: Hayes, Rangers, Bruins and Hiller

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Blackhawks are still talking to Kevin Hayes about a contract, but if he’s not signed by August 15th, he’ll become UFA. The Rangers will be just one of the teams that will be interested in signing him if he becomes available.

    The Rangers continue talks with RFAs Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

    Kreider has a July 23rd arbitration hearing and could get a deal in the $2.1 to $2.3 million range.

    Zuccarello has a July 25th hearing and could get a deal in the $3.7 to $4 million range. He is thought to be looking for at least $4.5 million a season.

    Brassard has a July 28th hearing and will likely get between $4.5 and $4.7 million. He’s been looking for a long-term deal in the $5.5 million range.

  • Joe Haggerty of CSNNE: The Bruins have some cap issues this season, and will have some contract decisions to make for their 2015-16 roster as well. David Krejci will be a UFA and will looking for a nice long-term contract. Johnny Boychuk could ask for Brooks Orpik money, five years and $25 million. Carl Soderberg will be looking for a raise from his $1 million deal.

    “There is wanting to remain with a winning organization, and then there’s wanting to get them to the market. To me, there is a difference and they don’t always merge,” said Chiarelli. “They don’t always merge, people tend to think they have to merge but they don’t always merge. So we have guys coming up that we have to sign and we’re planning for it.

    “[Contract values] will go up, it’ll go up because [the current CBA] is an upwards magnet. That’s not unexpected. When the cap is expected to rise, teams will continue to spend more money. It’s hard to delve into the completely free market because you saw some of [the July 1 free agent] deals. All it takes is one team to pay that money or term and you’re right there with them then. That’s why we’re trying to keep the guys we can keep, and we’re going to have to pay the money. It’s not going to be cheap.”

3 Comments

  1. Gordie

    July 19, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Chiarelli created his own cap mess. That said the Bruins will still be a force n the team to beat in the East. Furthermore cap problems r still ahead.

  2. Anonymous

    July 19, 2014 at 3:40 pm

    The cap problems for the bruins aren’t as bad as they seem. It’s going to be tough this year, due to the bonus penalties. Next year though should be alright. If they deal Bartkowski and Caron, and put Savard on LTIR again, they should be fine.

  3. John

    July 19, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    god this salary cap nhl sucks balls. if a city cant support a team to a point where they have to lower the cap. then relocate. now subpar players such as bolland get 5+mil. top end players kane n towes 11.5mil cap hit
    and the cap is 70mil every team is goingto have cap issues soon enough when they lock up their top players.
    let the big clubs spend the money they have. so sick of the leafs having the most money in the league but cant use it to save their lives. i hate the cap world complete bullshit