Phil Posted January 6, 2019 Share Posted January 6, 2019 Does the inexorable, post-Thanksgiving 5-8-5 slide have an impact on the status of Kevin Hayes? Wait. Let?s rephrase. How much of an impact does the slide have on management?s decision whether to trade or extend the impending free agent? It does not bode especially well for the ?sign Hayes? camp that the team, A) has been deficient during his ascendancy and, B) seems in for a full-length, no-shortcuts rebuild. The suspicion in July, when the current one-year deal was announced, was that both sides implicitly understood this was going to be a one-and-done in which the Rangers used Hayes to enhance his value on the trade market and Hayes used the Rangers to enhance his value on the free-agent market. It has resulted in a beautiful friendship. Hayes has soared while taking significant steps for a third straight season. He has been the team?s most multi-faceted, complete and dangerous five-on-five player. He and Marc Staal are the lone players to exceed expectations each of the past two years. In doing so, Hayes has established a market that is probably too rich for general manager Jeff Gorton not to explore fully. Hayes may have positioned himself as the top rental on the market. It is unclear what that would yield, though the standard late first-rounder plus a reasonable prospect does not seem nearly enough. Draft choices may be currency at the deadline, but acquiring teams are not seeking to subtract from their NHL rosters. So, no, the Jets are not likely to sacrifice Jacob Trouba for a rental piece. Ideally, the Rangers would be able to pick up a non-playoff team?s first-rounder plus a young player who could play in the NHL next season as either a top-nine forward or top-four defenseman, perhaps plus another pick or player if there is enough interest. Carolina is desperate for help up front, may miss the playoffs and has depth on defense through the organization that includes the rights to Harvard righty ?D? Adam Fox. https://nypost.com/2019/01/05/rangers-must-decide-price-for-shipping-out-kevin-hayes/ Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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