4/12/18 | Larry Brooks noted back in March that Kevin Hayes, Vlad Namestnikov and Ryan Spooner are all arbitration eligible RFAs closing in on being unrestricted free agents. (NY Post)
Hayes and Spooner can become UFA following this season while Namestnikov, along with Jimmy Vesey, can become UFA after the 19-20 season. (NY Post)
Brooks says that it's "extremely unlikely" that the Rangers bring back all three of them though he does note that Namestnikov and Spooner have seen a lot of time on the wing. (NY Post)
In March, Brooks speculated that a multi-year deals for the trio would likely have cap hits for Hayes at around $4.5 million, Namestnikov around $4.25 million and Spooner around $4 million. (NY Post)
On Sunday, Brooks suggested that Haayes could get a 4-5 year deal in the range of $4.5 to $5.25 million or be used as a trade chip to acquire a defenseman. (NY Post)
Regarding Spooner, Brooks says that the Rangers would likely go for a one-year deal between $3.7 million to $4.1 million, with the intent of dealing him at the deadline, or by declining to to give a qualifying offer which would make him a UFA. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: What the Rangers do with Namestnikov and Spooner will give us a good indication on where the Rangers are heading in this rebuild. Spooner got out off to a red hot start and while he has slowed down, he's still noticeable when on the ice. Namestnikov has had a tougher time going from a top team to bottom team, while JT Miller performs well in his spot in Tampa. Both could get 3-4 year deals from the Rangers and both could also be traded at the draft for more assets or in a bigger trade. Spooner seemed like more of a throw-in to make the money work with Boston but he is a talented player. Namestnikov was a slightly bigger part of the McDonagh/Miller trade but he didn't show much.
The one player that I am pretty sure will get a multi-year deal is Kevin Hayes. Hayes has turned himself into a pretty reliable two-way center that can play in different situations the way that Derek Stepan did. In a mostly down season he has been one of the nice spots. The other consideration with Spooner and Namestnikov is whether the Rangers see them as centers or wingers. Mika Zibanejad is locked up, Hayes is likely to be locked up and Lias Andersson and Filip Chytil seem like they are close. The Rangers will have a lot more depth at center going forward than they did this year and will need to determine where Spooner and Namestnikov fit best down the middle, on the wing or with another team. If I were to guess right now, I'd think Spooner, as a winger, has a better shot at staying and that Namestnikov could be moved.