The Rangers capped off a busy day – and busy ten days – of signings and transactions, announcing Friday afternoon that they had re-signed restricted free agent forward Kevin Hayes. The terms of the new deal are reportedly for two years, at $2.6 million per season.
Earlier in the day Friday, the Blueshirts agreed to terms with restricted free agent Chris Kreider in a four-year deal.
The Hayes deal meant that the team had successfully re-signed all four of its restricted free agents, avoiding arbitration with those players; J.T. Miller and Dylan McIlrath signed deals last week.
The four deals, along with Monday’s trade that sent Derick Brassard to Ottawa for Mika Zibanejad, leaves the Rangers with about $3 million in cap room.
Hayes had 14 goals and 22 assists in 79 games for the Rangers in 2015-16.