With only one restricted free agent left to sign for the New York Rangers this offseason in John Moore, many fans are starting to wonder why everything is very quiet. Maybe it is because both sides are not even talking? Rangers GM Glen Sather will eventually talk to Moore and sign him to a contract, but the reason why a deal has not been reached yet is due to one man’s highly-anticipated decision.
Former Chicago Blackhawks prospect Kevin Hayes hit the open market recently and is available to be acquired by any team he agrees to sign with, and guess which team is very interested in signing him? That’s right. The Rangers.
With Moore being a restricted free agent with no arbitration rights, Sather can basically wait as long as he wants to re-sign him and Moore cannot do anything about it. You can say this is unfair to the player, but hockey is a business and there is a salary cap. The Rangers currently have just over $1.3 million left to spend, and signing Moore to a contract now would leave little to no money left to go after Hayes.
But with so many suitors for Hayes, and with a few teams out there that can offer more to Hayes than the Rangers can, we likely will not see him in a Rangers jersey this upcoming season. Still, if Sather had signed Moore by now, like some fans had hoped for, the Rangers would have absolutely no shot at signing Hayes instead of having a glimmer of hope.
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