2/21/19 | Larry Brooks writes that Chris Kreider has drawn interest from teams such as Toronto, Boston and Nashville but that he will only be moved if the Rangers get an “offer they can’t refuse.” (NY Post)
2/6/19 | 7:50PM: On NBCSN, Bob McKenzie said that in order for the Rangers to move Kreider they “would have to get a foundational young building block player that is very close to playing in the NHL or already just arrived there. They aren’t going to trade him for just future considerations (a draft pick or middling prospect) it would have to be a high price for Kreider coming back the other way.”
2/5/19 | According to Elliotte Friedman it is going to “take a lot to pry” Chris Kreider from the Rangers before the trade deadline.
Kreider is signed through next season with a cap hit of $2.625 million.
He has 24 goals and 16 assists this season for the Rangers.
David Quinn said recently of Kreider, “when he is skating and not overthinking things, he is really impactful in all three zones. When a game ends, if you aren’t talking about Chris Kreider’s speed then he hasn’t played the game he is capable of playing. That is what we are trying to do shift in and shift out.” (NYR)
When asked about being close to setting career highs in goals and points Kreider said that those didn’t matter and that he wants to play “games that matter in the spring.” (Newsday)
He is on pace to score 38 goals and 25 assists this season.
Adam Rotter: My understanding is that the Rangers do not want to move Kreider. He is not untouchable but probably the closest player on the roster, outside of the young guys, to being so. To move Kreider the Rangers will want a significant young player(s) who can step right in and make an NHL impact. Those players are usually not available around the trade deadline and that will almost certainly keep Kreider with the Rangers. I think the Rangers are much more focused on signing Kreider long-term this summer, with the captaincy as a real possibility, than moving him. I think they will really have to be bowled over (like 4-5 pieces with 2-3 ready to play big minutes next year) to move Kreider.