Evander Kane charged, latest free-agent signings and more in this morning’s collection of NHL headlines.
THE BUFFALO NEWS: Sabres winger Evander Kane was charged yesterday with “criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and harassment today in connection with an incident at a downtown Buffalo bar last month.” Kane voluntarily surrendered to police, but maintains his innocence and intends to fight the charges in court. All four charges are listed as misdemeanors.
The Sabres, meanwhile, issued a statement indicating its awareness of the charges but indicating there will be no further comment at this time. The NHL is also monitoring the situation but doesn’t intend to take any disciplinary action against Kane.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: If found guilty of these charges, Kane won’t face jail time. There’s been speculation the Sabres could try, or are trying, to trade him, but I doubt there are any clubs interested in taking on his off-ice baggage.
NEW YORK POST: The Rangers avoided arbitration with forwards Chris Kreider and Kevin Hayes. Kreider was re-signed to a four-year, $18.5 million contract ($4.625 million annual average salary. Hayes was inked to a two-year, $5.2 million deal ($2.6 million annual cap hit).
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blueshirts have re-signed all their restricted free agents, leaving them with $4.35 million in cap space for next season. Kreider and Hayes were mentioned as possible trade candidates, but it appears now they will be returning with the Rangers next season. Both were affordable and reasonable re-signings. Kreider and Hayes still have sufficient upside to be significant contributors.
YAHOO SPORTS: NHL unrestricted free agent winger Kris Versteeg is expected to sign with SC Bern of Switzerland’s National League A.
TORONTO STAR: The Maple Leafs signed defenseman Connor Carrick to a two-year, $1.5 million contract and placed forward Peter Holland on waivers.
NEWSDAY: The New York Islanders signed defenseman Eric Boulton to a one-year, two-way deal.