6.28.19 | The Rangers have not had any serious negotiations with Kreider about a contract extension, “just cursory conversation” according to Craig Custance. (The Athletic)
6.26.19 | Elliotte Friedman writes at Sportsnet that Colorado was “unwilling” to include the 16th overall pick in a potential deal for Chris Kreider.
Colorado took Alex Newhook with the pick.
Friedman had mentioned last week that Colorado was believed to be a team with interest in Kreider.
Adam Rotter: The Rangers spent an awful lot of time scouting and working on who to pick at #20 so after using that pick to get Jacob Trouba it makes sense that they would try and get back into that range in exchange for Kreider. I’m guessing that this was part of a bigger trade (maybe with the Rangers taking on Carl Soderberg’s contract that has since been traded to Arizona or maybe Tyson Barrie before the Rangers acquired Trouba) and might have been conditioned on Kreider signing an extension. It’s all just guessing at this point but Colorado kept #16 and Kreider remains property of the Rangers. My feeling is that the Rangers still have a high price on Kreider because their preference remains keeping him and signing him. Kreider’s trade value was never higher than it was at the deadline and surely could have and would have been dealt if the Rangers had any concerns about his future. He’s still under contract so there is no real deadline but no one expects him to be at training camp this year as a pending UFA.