Larry Brooks tweeted that while he can’t say anything is “brewing,” people around the NHL are saying that Chris Kreider’s name is “everywhere.”
Kreider is entering the final-year of his contract at $4.625 million. He has an eleven-team list where he can reject a trade.
The Rangers have a buyout window that ends tomorrow at 5PM.
Brooks wrote over the weekend that Jeff Gorton and Kreider’s agent have still not had any discussions about a possible contract extension. (NY Post)
The Rangers reportedly wanted the #16 pick from Colorado in exchange for Kreider at the draft.
Adam Rotter: There are many different factors with Kreider. First is whether or not the Rangers keep him. More and more it seems like Kreider will go both to help the Rangers salary cap crunch and so they can get some value for him rather than him leaving as a UFA. I believe that the Rangers intended to keep Kreider long-term when they held onto him at the deadline but the combination of Kaapo Kakko and Artemi Panarin changed that. Whether it would have been right or wrong for the Rangers to go seven-years and somewhere close to $7 million per season for Kreider in an extension, that spot in both the lineup and on the cap were taken by Panarin.
When looking at a match for a potential trade the Rangers have to weigh his no-trade list, teams that have cap space to acquire him, teams that may just want him as a rental and teams that may want him long-term. It’s a lot and the Rangers may need to go down the same route they did with Mats Zuccarello and trade Kreider for some conditional picks that will increase in value based upon certain objectives like team success, player success or a long-term extension.
Colorado has the cap space right now and while Mikko Rantanen will get a huge contract, the Avs reportedly want to keep as much cap flexibility as possible for when Cale Makar and Samuel Girard are due new deals as well as future extension for Gabriel Landeskog and, in four-years, Nathan MacKinnon is too. Columbus would make sense but with all the moves they made, and didn’t make, at the deadline, they may not have the pieces the Rangers are looking for. San Jose might be of interest as they look to replace some of what Joe Pavelski brought and I’m guessing Kreider would have a lot of interest in joining a contending team like the Sharks. The Bruins have players left to sign (Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo) but they have long been thought to have a lot of interest in bringing Kreider home. Minnesota might have been a fit but they just fired their GM.