Phil Posted November 26, 2018 Share Posted November 26, 2018 Hayes has been the Rangers’ best player (other than Henrik Lundqvist) since the start of last season. At 26, he has continued to elevate his game while also enriching his linemates. Unless you think you have no chance to compete within the next two or three seasons, it makes no sense to move Hayes for the traditional rental return of a bottom-end first-rounder and a prospect or two. Why trade Hayes, dominant on the puck with escalating pace and an emerging mid-age leader, for a player who might in three, four or five years become what No. 13 is right now? I’m sorry. When you tell me that your team won’t be ready to win for five years, I hear nothing more than a self-fulfilling prophecy, at best, and a plea not to be held accountable, at worst. The Rangers, to be sure, have never said anything of the sort. There is no reason they should start now. Gorton said Friday he has not begun even preliminary talks with Hayes’ agent, Bob Murray. According to the collective bargaining agreement, an extension cannot be signed until Jan. 1. “We’ve got time,” Gorton said. The GM should have a pretty good idea of what it will take to sign Hayes long term after having engaged Murray in summer negotiations that yielded this current one-year, $5.175 million agreement. Adam Henrique’s five-year extension with the Ducks, worth $5.825 million per, is a pretty good comparable, except Hayes is two years younger than the Anaheim center. Hayes would probably want six years, though if the Rangers upped the ante to somewhere around $6.2 million per, maybe he would take five. Six times six might be the magic equation. I’m sorry. Unless there is an impasse or an impact 24-year-old winger or defenseman is coming back in exchange, I’m not trading my best player so maybe I have as good a player in four years, when who knows what the roster and league will look like? I’m not kicking the can that far down the road because of Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson. I’m fine with Chytil developing on the wing. I’m fine with Andersson earning ice time, though the current setup under which he never plays meaningful minutes in tight games — 6:38 overall against the Caps on Saturday with one, 42-second shift over the final 12:32 — does not present an advantageous scenario. https://nypost.com/2018/11/25/kevin-hayes-is-more-to-rangers-than-a-potential-trade-chip/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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