Brayden Point, Chris Kreider, Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, NHL Free Agents, NHL Rumors, Tampa Bay Lightning, Zach Werenski

NHL Rumors: Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue Jackets

NHL Rumors: Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Rangers and the Columbus Blue…
Restricted free agent forward Brayden Point and defenseman Zach Werenski are still looking for a new deal.
© Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
A bridge deal for Point makes sense … A good chance Kreider is moved by the deadline

Dan Rosen of (mailbag) Could see the Tampa Bay Lightning trying to do a bridge deal with RFA forward Brayden Point.  A three- to five-year deal to keep the cap hit a little lower before he cashes in on his next deal. If he signed a four-year deal at $8.5 million per, it could set him up for a long-term deal after that around $11 to $12 million.

Believe there is a good chance that New York Rangers trade forward Chris Kreider at some point this season. It’s hard to see them being able to sign him to a big long-term extension when they have close to $7.5 million in dead money next year – Kevin Shattenkirk and Dan Girardi. It may not be easy for them to trade him if they are in the playoff hunt at the trade deadline though.

A waiting for Werenski’s agent, as well as for other RFAs

Aaron Portzline of The Athletic: Columbus Blue Jackets still need to sign RFA defenseman Zach Werenski. The RFA market is at a standstill with several RFAs still needing new deals.

“It’s a bit of a waiting game by the agents’ side,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “They’re waiting for somebody else to go first (and set the market). That’s the way it goes, I guess.”

Bill Zito is handling the talks for the Blue Jackets, and he’s spoken with Werenski’s agent Pat Brisson several times this offseason.

They’ve talked about a three-year bridge deal, as well as a five-plus year deal. Werenski would be a UFA in four years.

“We’ve been pretty firm with the way we’ve handled things in these situations,” Kekalainen said. “And we’re going to be the same way — consistent — with Werenski, as well.

“We really appreciate him as a player. We want him to be a big part of our team and become a leader. He’s a great teammate and a good person. I’m confident that everything will get done and that he wants to be part of the team right from the start (of training camp).”

Articles You May Like

Unpacking the Predators’ Struggles on Home Ice in 2023-24
Winnipeg Jets not in ‘crisis’ despite low ticket sales: NHL commissioner
Griffins’ Cossa named AHL Player of the Week
NHL trades we’d like to see before the deadline: Rangers, Golden Knights take big swings
Kane nets OT winner in 1st game vs. Blackhawks

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *