The Rangers are still deciding what to do with Chris Kreider (Updates)

1/30/20 | On TSN’s Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun says that at least eight teams have expressed interest in Chris Kreider.

LeBrun says (TSN):

  • That the asking price will be “similar, at least, to what the Rangers got last year for Kevin Hayes.
  • The Rangers have not “lost hope” in trying to re-sign Kreider but “as of Thursday” there has yet to be any contract talks between the two sides.

3:16PM: On the 31 Thoughts Podcast, while discussing potential moves for the St. Louis Blues, Friedman said “Kreider is an obvious one but I will tell you that…at All-Star weekend I had a couple of guys tell me, players, that they don’t think Kreider wants to be traded and think he prefers to stay as a Ranger. Now that may be out of his hands if the Rangers get a good offer, but I do think that the Rangers are going to pitch, and I wrote, if they come in five-years and somewhere just below $7 million, between $6.5 million and $7 million, they wonder what Kreider is going to want to do. They think he really likes being a Ranger. It’s out of his hands, if they get a great offer, they take it and maybe try to bring him back in the summer.” (Sportsnet)





1/29/20 | 1:20PM: At Sportsnet, Elliotte Friedman writes that players at All-Star weekend think that Kreider “really likes” being a Ranger. He wonders what Kreider’s response to a potential contract extension of 5-6 year at $6.75 million would be.
9AM: Pierre LeBrun, in a column discussing how teams may be against trading first round picks for rentals, wrote that Kreider may be able to net the Rangers a first round pick. (The Athletic)

1/28/20 | Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post that the Rangers will not keep Chris Kreider, for a potential playoff push, past the trade deadline if he hasn’t signed a contract extension.

Kreider ranked 1st on TSN‘s latest Trade Bait board.

Frank Seravalli said that the price for Kreider is likely to be a first round pick and a prospect. (TSN)

Pierre LeBrun writes at The Athletic that the Rangers have not ruled out re-signing Kreider though Kreider’s agent said, “we haven’t been talking, which is not a big deal because there’s no rush.” (The Athletic)

Other teams that LeBrun mentioned with Kreider include Boston, St. Louis and Colorado. (The Athletic)

LeBrun adds though that if the Rangers do decide to trade Kreider, “the return will warrant it” since they don’t have to deal him. (The Athletic)

Bruce Garrioch wrote in the Ottawa Sun that Jeff Gorton has yet to determine whether the Rangers plan to trade Kreider or keep him and sign him to an extension. (Ottawa Sun)

Garrioch writes that the Bruins are expected to make a big push for Kreider if the Rangers decide to move him but that any potential deal would likely be very close to the deadline. (Ottawa Sun)

Craig Custance, at The Athletic, asked for reader trade submissions and then had NHL executives give their take.

Trades relating to Kreider included him going to Colorado for Tyson Jost and a 2020 first round pick and him going to Boston for Danton Heinen, Jakub Zboril and a first round pick. (The Athletic)

In both trades, the executives weren’t sure a rental like Kreider will bring back that much in return. (The Athletic)

Adam Rotter: Many around the league don’t expect things with Kreider, trade talks or contract talks, to really heat up until we are about a week out from the 2/24 deadline. The Rangers are a better team with Kreider and I believe that when they held onto him at the deadline last year it was because they viewed him as a key piece to the rebuild. Artemi Panarin and Kaapo Kakko coming on board, two things that were far from locks – especially Kakko – at the deadline last year, changed that, and put Kreider in the position of coming to camp, like Hayes and Zuccarello last year, as players likely to be moved. To some degree it still remains a surprise that Kreider is even with the Rangers now and wasn’t moved at some point last summer.

So where does Kreider finish out this season? The Rangers are going to want to add someone to their lineup right away after moving Kreider and will probably be looking at teams that can match up with that. Colorado has the cap space and wanted him at the draft last year. They make sense and Tyson Jost has always been the starting point for me when looking at a potential deal. Jost will be 22 in March, is small at 5’11, 187 but he was the 10th overall pick in 2016 and has nearly 200 games of NHL experience. He hasn’t broken out yet and mostly plays in a bottom-six role for Colorado, but he’s the exact kind of young player the Rangers would want. The Rangers likely couldn’t get Jost and a 1st round pick but instead get Jost and a 2nd or 3rd round pick that can move up if the Avs go a certain distance in the playoffs or Kreider re-signs. The Bruins have long been thought to have big interest in Kreider and the Rangers and Bruins came together for two deals two-years ago with Nick Holden and Rick Nash going to Boston. The Bruins have cap issues so the Rangers would likely have to retain salary, and they are unlikely to trade anyone off their roster, so that might be a tougher deal. St. Louis has been mentioned and if the Rangers are willing to retain 50% of Kreider’s salary, they may draw in a bigger market and get the kind of player they want.