Brooks says that the Rangers players have paid a price to get to the Stanley Cup Final and the management team will have to pay higher prices to keep this group together. (NY Post)
He says that Brian Boyle has shown his value to the team but will be sought after if he goes to UFA on July one. Anton Stralman will need to be paid to avoid free agency, Dominic Moore will need a "tidy" increase to keep, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello will need multi-year deals to avoid arbitration and make them eligible for UFA in 2015. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Marc Staal needs a new contract this summer to prevent the same kind of situation that Ryan Callahan was in last year and to do the same with Chris Kreider so the Rangers don't go through the same thing they did with Derek Stepan last summer. (NY Post)
On Benoit Pouliot, Brooks says "good question." (NY Post)
Brian Costello writes in The Hockey News that the Rangers free agents will get:
- Brassard and Zuccarello - $3.5 million range
- Stralman, Moore, Pouliot and Boyle - between $2 million and $3 million
- John Moore could get $1.5 million per year on a two-year bridge contract
- Chris Kreider could get a deal between $2.25 and $2.5 million on a two-year bridge contract
- Derick Brassard could get $4.5 million per year on a multi-year deal or maybe be used as a trade chip if contract talks don't go well.
- Mats Zuccarello could get between $4 million and $4.5 million on a multi-year deal.
- Anton Stralman could get between $4 million and $4.5 million on a multi-year deal
- Raphael Diaz could return on a deal around $1 million, especially if Stralman doesn't return
- Benoit Pouliot could get between $2 million and $2.4 million on a two-year deal
- Brian Boyle could get between $3 million and $3.3 million and may look for an expanded role
- Dominic Moore could get between $1.5 and $1.7 million on a two-year deal
- Dan Carcillo is unlikely to return unless the Rangers trade Derek Dorsett.