NHL: New York Rangers avoids arbitration, Kevin Hayes agrees to one-year contract
The four-year veteran has averaged more than 18 goals in his four NHL seasons, all with the Rangers. Hayes scored a career-high 25 goals last season with 19 assists in 76 games.
Hayes, 26, will earn $5.125 million next season, according to multiple reports. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. An arbitration hearing had been scheduled for Thursday.
Per several reports, Hayes had been negotiating with the Rangers in hopes of landing a long-term extension. However, the New York Post and The Athletic speculated last weekend that if the 6-foot-5 forward and the team could not agree on a multiyear deal, Hayes likely will become a trade asset dangled at the trade deadline in February.
A second-round pick in the 2011 NHL Draft, Salomaki has one goal and one assist in 28 career playoffs games, as well.
--The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed first-round draft pick Liam Foudy to a three-year, entry-level contract.
The 6-foot Foudy was the No. 18 overall selection in the 2018 draft. A forward, he scored 40 points on 24 goals and 16 assists in 65 games for London of the Ontario Hockey League in the 2017-18 season.
The 18-year-old has scored 55 points (33 goals, 22 assists) in 123 career OHL games.
--Field Level Media
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