Rumor Roundup: Kevin Shattenkirk trade rumors not going away

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Kevin Shattenkirk.(Photo by Scott Rovak/NHLI via Getty Images)

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk remains a fixture in this summer’s NHL rumor mill. Most of the chatter still ties the 27-year-old to the New York Rangers, suggesting he could be swapped for left winger Rick Nash.

During a recent live chat with his readers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was asked what forward the Blues would have to package with Shattenkirk to land the 32-year-old Nash. Citing Nash’s $7.8-million cap hit through 2017-18, Rutherford proposes including Patrik Berglund ($3.7 million) or Jori Lehtera ($4.7 million) with Shattenkirk’s $4.25-million cap hit to offset the difference.

NBC Sports’ Jason Brough believes the Blues would be making a big mistake trading Shattenkirk. He argues they could be undervaluing Shattenkirk’s worth to their D-corps.

Shattenkirk eligibility next summer for unrestricted free agency is the main issue driving the trade rumors. Brough acknowledges the Blues’ concern about fitting a raise for him under their cap space for 2017-18.

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Rangers win sweepstakes, sign Jimmy Vesey

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Jimmy Vesey has decided to sign with the New York Rangers, the club announced on Friday evening. It’s not the first time the Rangers have landed a highly coveted free agent – two years ago New York lured free agent Kevin Hayes after he elected not to sign with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Under the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement, Vesey’s deal with the Rangers is limited to two years with a base salary of $925,000 and bonuses. The North Reading, Mass. native was originally a 2012 third-round pick of the Nashville Predators.

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Vesey met with seven teams, discussing options Thursday — what can each team offer?

Jimmy Vesey (Richard T Gagnon/Getty Images)

For those tiring of hearing about NCAA free agent Jimmy Vesey, rest assured that the 23-year-old winger is nearing a decision on his destination.

According to a report from ESPN’s Joe McDonald, Vesey has finished meeting with the teams he has interest in joining — seven in total — and will begin discussing the options with his agents today with the possibility of coming to a final decision as early as Friday. Included on Vesey’s list of meetings were the New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. That’s not to mention Vesey’s meeting with the Buffalo Sabres, who traded for his rights in mid-June.

Vesey comes with a lot of potential, having scored 56 goals and 114 points in 70 games with Harvard over the past two seasons, and he picked up the Hobey Baker Award in 2016 as the top player in the NCAA. But his performance doesn’t mean money can be used to sway his decision. Each team will have to table similar offers because Vesey will enter the league on a two-year, entry-level deal.

So which team will persuade Vesey to sign on the dotted line? Here are the pros and cons for each team in the running to land the college standout: Read more

Rumor Roundup: Bruins, Blackhawks, Rangers favorites for Jimmy Vesey

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With the NHL off-season now in its dog days, notable trade and free-agent activity has slowed to a crawl. As a result, speculation over where promising free-agent prospect Jimmy Vesey could end up is garnering headlines.

Vesey, 23, is the 2016 Hobey Baker Award winner. Earlier this year, the Buffalo Sabres acquired his rights from the Nashville Predators in hopes of signing him to an entry-level contract. However, Vesey is eligible for unrestricted free agency on August 15 and intends to test the market.

For the past two months, it was believed the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs were front-runners for Vesey’s services. The college star is a Massachusetts native who grew up cheering for the Bruins. Meanwhile, his brother and father are employed by the Leafs.

As August 15 approaches, however, there are conflicting reports over where the Bruins and Leafs stand among the Vesey suitors.

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Rumor Roundup: A closer look at a potential Nash-for-Shattenkirk trade

New York Rangers' Rick Nash

St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk remains the focus of off-season trade chatter. Much of it links the 27-year-old blueliner to the New York Rangers.

During a July 29th live chat with his readers, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch acknowledged the speculation of the Blues shipping Shattenkirk to the Rangers for left winger Rick Nash. He didn’t dismiss the possibility of this deal taking place.

Rutherford notes the Rangers need to replace departed D-man Keith Yandle. He also cites Nash’s ties with Blues coach Ken Hitchcock, and the winger’s skills and veteran experience could help the Blues.

Given Nash’s $7.8-million annual salary-cap hit over the next two seasons, Rutherford believes the Rangers would have to retain some salary. He also suggests other players would have to be involved to make the deal work.

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Update: Kreider inks four-year, $18.5-million contract with Rangers, Hayes signs two-year deal

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Chris Kreider (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Washington Capitals and Marcus Johansson avoided arbitration Tuesday by making a compromise. Johansson wanted $5.25 million per season, the Capitals wanted to pay $3.85 million and the two sides met almost exactly in the middle — $4.583 million — to get a deal done and avoid arbitration. The same can’t be said for Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers, but it turns out the deal isn’t too bad for either side.

The Rangers announced Friday that they’ve inked Kreider, 25, to a new deal, which is a four-year, $18.5-million deal that will pay the 6-foot-3, 226-pound winger $4.625 million per season, according to Aaron Ward.

The deal is an absolute win for Kreider, who was entering arbitration seeking $4.75 million with the Rangers countering with $3.2 million. And while it seems like there was no compromise on Kreider’s part, it’s hard to blame him for not wanting to take anything less after the deal Johansson received from the Capitals. Read more

Rumor Roundup: Shattenkirk possible target for Rangers after Brassard trade

Kevin Shattenkirk (Bruce Kluckhohn/NHLI via Getty Images)

After weeks of anticipation, the New York Rangers finally made a significant roster move this summer. On Monday, they dealt center Derick Brassard and a seventh-round pick in 2018 to the Ottawa Senators for center Mika Zibanejad and a 2018 second-round selection.

In shipping out Brassard’s $5-million annual average salary through 2018-19 for Zibanejad’s $2.65 million in 2016-17, Rangers GM Jeff Gorton freed up an additional $2.35 million. He can put that toward re-signing a restricted free agent forward such as Chris Kreider or Kevin Hayes. He could also use it to his roster via trade or free agency.

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News speculates Gorton could use the savings to acquire St. Louis Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk. He could then re-sign the blueliner, who’s eligible next July for unrestricted free agency, to an extension worth $6-million annually. Leonard also wonders if Kreider could be swapped for Shattenkirk before the winger’s arbitration date on Friday. Read more