It’s time for another edition of NHL rumours for the middle of your week. We’re in the slow part of the summer, but things will pick up soon with the start of training camp in September. Many clubs are hoping for the long-anticipated salary cap bump to finally happen. Teams have been struggling with the flat cap the last few seasons, but there may be light at the end of the tunnel. Today’s NHL rumours looks at the Detroit Red Wings and an update on Patrick Kane.
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Detroit Red Wings
Rumour: Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now looked into what a contract extension may look like for Red Wings defenceman Moritz Seider.
Will the Red Wings Pay Seider Like Makar, Fox, McAvoy? https://t.co/2CZlLVPez0
— Kevin Allen (@ByKevinAllen) July 12, 2023
Analysis: Both Seider and Lucas Raymond will be due contract extensions at the end of the season. However, we’ll focus on the German defender in this edition. Seider is in the last year of his entry-level deal that sees him make over $863,000 per season. There’s no doubt that Seider is in line for a raise, but the key is how much money and how much term.
Allen talked to Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman about the impending deals for Seider and Raymond. Yzerman said there’s risk no matter the type of deal that’s given. A short-term contract would see Seider get a chance to test the free agent market in his prime years. However, a long-term deal could become an anchor contract if a player gets injured or underperforms.
A few comparables for Seider are Charlie McAvoy‘s deal of eight years and $9.5 million per season. Another similar deal mentioned was Adam Fox‘s agreement with the New York Rangers for seven years and $9.5 million. Seider has become an important part of the Red Wings club trying to return to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Will he get paid like a Cale Makar to stay in Hockeytown?
Rumour: ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski took a look into the future for unrestricted free agent forward Patrick Kane.
Analysis: Kane is set to be out for the next four to six months due to hip surgery. This will give him time to assess who is a contender and may need his services. The future Hall of Famer was hampered during his short stint with the New York Rangers, so he’ll need time to recover. Kane is hopeful of a December return to hockey and to give a team a shot in the arm.
His agent Pat Brisson isn’t worried about the wait and said that Kane will be ready to go. The plan will likely be to sign a one-year deal this season and then take his chances in the free agency cycle after the season concludes.
If Kane is full healthy, he could really help a contending team out. However, teams have to see if he’ll be ready to hit the ice immediately once the New Year rolls around. Kane can be treated like a trade deadline rental once again this season. What does he have left in the tank to give?
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