Buzz: Kevin Hayes is planning to become a free agent in August (Updates)

5:31PM: The Blackhawks have announced that they could not come to terms with Hayes and he will be a UFA at midnight. (Chris Kuc)

  • 5:38PM: Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman said that they made a generous offer to Hayes but he felt it was in his best interest to become a free agent. (Chicago)

8/15/14 | 7:26AM:  The Flames may pursue Hayes to reunite him with his former BC linemates Johnny Gaudreau and Bill Arnold. (Calgary Sun)

The Rangers, Bruins and Panthers are listed as other teams who will pursue Hayes. (Calgary Sun)

8/14/14 | 12:57PM: Hays is likely to become a free agent at midnight on Saturday. (Chicago Trib)

Some are speculating that Hayes doesn’t want to sign with Chicago because of their depth at forward and lack of spots for young players.  (Chicago Trib)

Hayes is expected to be much “sought after.” (Chicago Trib)

To read more of this story, click here

Read: Derick Brassard’s training regimen this summer

Derick Brassard3:22PM: Brassard is working “twice as hard” this summer because of the short turnaround and feels no extra pressure because of his new 5-year deal. Brassard said that he just needs to play the same way as he has. (RDS)

8/15/14 | 7:54AM: Derick Brassard said that after playing 105 games this past season he realized how physically and mentally challenging it is to make a deep run in the playoffs. (RDS)

Brassard said that he only had a month and a half to workout this summer but adds that whenever he goes to the gym he works hard because he knows that it will pay off for him later in the year. (RDS)

He said that he is working with a trainer on his “explosiveness” and getting faster because the speed of the game is picking up. He adds that he is working on getting stronger and sticking to a disciplined diet. (RDS)

Brassard’s trainer said that they have worked on Brassard’s shoulder because there were “some issues” with it. (RDS)

Carl Hagelin

Stats: Looking at what Carl Hagelin may do this season

Carl Hagelin is in the final year of his two-year bridge contract that pays him $2.4 million this season.

Hagelin is the Rangers best chance at a player “breaking out” in his fourth-year but a “break out” for Hagelin would be hitting 50 points. Hagelin has the speed and may be on a line to score but he doesn’t have the hands of a “star scorer.” (Dobber Hockey)

Hagelin had 17 goals and 16 assists last season and has a career .52 points per game. (HR)

He is projected to score 18 goals and 22 assists this season (Dobber) and 16 goals and 18 assists (The Hockey News Pool Guide).

Mats Zuccarello

Read: Mats Zuccarello feels comfortable with the Rangers/thinks he is next for a long-term deal

8/13/14 | 10:22AM: Mats Zuccarello says that he feels he has become part of the Rangers “core” and that has allowed him to feel “slightly” more comfortable heading into this season. He adds that he feels a responsibility to be one of the Rangers leaders. (TV2)

He said that the Rangers “probably” would have given him a longer-term contract if not for the salary cap and that he can sign a new deal during the season or wait until after the year to become a free agent and sign anywhere. He said that he will control the position he will be in, whether teams will want him or not, based on how he plays this season. (TV2)

Zuccarello “claims” that there is an “agreement” between he and the organization that he will be the next player to get a long-term deal after he “sacrificed” that this summer to sign a one-year deal and help the team’s salary cap situation. (TV2)

For more on Zuccarello’s contract, CLICK HERE.

Watch/Read: Henrik Lundqvist plays tennis/his favorite workout

Henrik Lundqvist Daughter8/15/14 | 12:20PM: Lundqvist said that he has played a lot of tennis thus summer because he doesn’t want to spend a lot of time in the gym. He says that tennis is a great exercise for him because you need quick feet and there are lots of twists and turns like on the ice. (ESPN.com)

8/8/14 | 2:04PM: Lundqvist has held a giant tennis racquet before.

Lundqvist has said that he enjoys tennis because his movements on the court are similar to his movements on the ice, “Side to side and quick feet and it’s a perfect workout for me in the summer. I spend a lot of time on the court because I like it and because it’s a great workout.”

He said that tennis keeps him “quick and flexible.”

To read more of this story, click here

Read: Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan McDonagh and Marty St. Louis in the top 50 players

MartyThe Hockey News Yearbook issue has a list of the Top 50 players in the NHL.

Henrik Lundqvist is ranked 19th (24th last year) and they say that he is the heartbeat of the Rangers who rely so heavily on him. (The Hockey News)

Ryan McDonagh is ranked 22nd (not ranked last year) and they say that while the playoffs were his “coming out party” anyone who watched him previously knows how important he is to the Rangers. (The Hockey News)

Marty St. Louis is ranked 38th (last year 12th) and they say that he is starting to slow but not enough to “deter” him.  (The Hockey News)

 

Stats: Derick Brassard’s early projections for next season

Brassard8/14/14 | 5:17PM: Brassard is predicted to score 17 goals and add 29 assists, while seeing time on the second PP unit, in 79 games this season. (Dobber Hockey)

7/28/14 | 8:43AM In The Hockey News Pool Guide, they have Derick Brassard playing in 78 games, scoring 15 goals and adding 28 assists.

  • Brassard had 18 goals and 27 assists last season.

Last year The Hockey News had Brassard at 17 goals and 34 assists in 78 games.

Sports Forecaster had Brassard going for 21 goals and 40 assists last season.

Read: The Hockey News Prediction for the Rangers/Metro this season

RangersThe Hockey News has released their 2014-15 Yearbook and have the Rangers finishing third in the Metro Division behind the Penguins and Blue Jackets.

This would set up a first round match up with Columbus for the Rangers.

The Hockey News has Washington finishing fourth in the Metro.

The rest of the division is Philly (5th), Islanders (6th), Devils (7th), Hurricanes (8th)

Their Stanley Cup Final is Chicago over Tampa Bay.

Last year, The Hockey News has the Rangers finishing 2nd in the Metro behind Pittsburgh but ahead of Philly and Columbus.

The Hockey News also released projections for the Rangers forwards, defense and goaltenders.