After Pacioretty trade to Vegas, will the Sharks make a trade?
NBC Sports: The road through the Pacific Division got much more difficult for the San Jose Sharks. That’s because the Vegas Golden Knights acquired winger Max Pacioretty from the Montreal Canadiens on Sunday. Vegas sent trade-deadline acquisition Tomas Tatar, top prospect Nick Suzuki, and a second-round pick to Montreal.
The Sharks mostly stood pat after missing out on John Tavares this summer. The Vegas Golden Knights (Pacioretty, Paul Stastny), Los Angeles Kings (Ilya Kovalchuk), and Arizona Coyotes (Alex Galchenyuk) added big names.
Can San Jose keep up with the arms race in the Pacific Division without a similar move? Sure, especially considering reason went out the window as soon as Vegas won the division and the conference as an expansion team.
Still, there is a reasonable case to be made. Joe Thornton and Evander Kane playing at the same time will be a boost, as will the continued offensive growth of Tomas Hertl, Kevin Labanc, and Timo Meier. That, plus some regression in Vegas’ sophomore season, could bridge the nine-point gap at the top of the Pacific.
What will the New York Rangers do with Kevin Hayes?
The Score: Kevin Hayes is entering the season with a one-year contract extension, but the surrounding uncertainty doesn’t necessarily mean his days are winding down as a member of the New York Rangers.
Many pundits saw the short-term pact as an opportunity for the rebuilding Rangers to cash in on Hayes at next year’s 2019 NHL trade deadline, but that doesn’t appear to be the mindset of management.
“It is a one-year deal, but like I’ve told Kevin, we’d like to have him long term,” Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton told Larry Brooks of the New York Post. “He’s said that he wants to be here, so let’s have him come to camp in great shape, be a leader, have a big season, and let’s go from there. Nothing is set in stone.”
Hayes, who scored a career-high 25 goals last season, hasn’t been shy about his desire to remain in Manhattan.