2/7/20 | 8:07AM: LeBrun writes in The Athletic that the talks between the Rangers and Kreider’s agent should be straightforward and revolve around on whether Kreider’s camp is “intent” on something like seven-years and around $7 million a year and whether the Rangers are “intent’ on something like five-years and around $6 million per season.
2/6/20 | 6:27PM: Jeff Gorton and Kreider’s agent are expected to talk in the next few days, according to Pierre LeBrun.
10:39AM: On NBCSN on Wednesday, Bob McKenzie said of Chris Kreider “the market is hot. He’s the number one rental forward available.”
McKenzie continued, “there are at least six teams really interested in this guy and the Rangers believe they will do at least as well, if not better, than what they did when they traded Kevin Hayes at the deadline last year. I would think the Bruins and the Blues, among others, would be at the very front of the line at least seeing what the prices are.”
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He said on NHL Overtime on Wednesday, “he’s at the top of the mountain in terms of what teams are looking for, he’s big, strong, fast, runs into goaltenders, he can score, make plays, win faceoffs, play LW, RW, kill penalties, do just about anything out there and the Rangers are not convinced, necessarily, that they will be able to sign him. Also, they expect that they would get a premium return. Last year, when the Rangers traded Kevin Hayes to the Jets, they got a first round pick and Brendan Lemieux, a young player in their lineup. The Rangers expect that they are going to get exactly that or perhaps more and that Kreider might be in even more demand than Kevin Hayes was at the deadline last year.”
Pierre McGuire was asked on TSN1200, on Thursday, about why the Rangers don’t want to sign Kreider and said “that is a good question, I know his agent really well, Matt Keator, and I know he has been trying to get engaged with Jeff Gorton and Chris Drury, to try to get a deal done, and John Davidson.”
McGuire added, “In a perfect world I think Chris would like to stay there. If you hear what his teammates say about him in New York, he’s a very good leader, loyal teammate, fantastic person. Highly cerebral, I don’t think people realize how smart he is, so he can really dissect situations away from the rink for some of his teammates and make them easier for them to deal with. He’s a really honorable person, so I don’t know the answer to that. I can tell you one thing, a lot of the guys will be disappointed if he gets traded out of there.”
Pierre LeBrun, in an article for The Athletic, matched Kreider with St. Louis and projected that in exchange for Kreider, and 50% of his salary being retained, the Rangers would get the Blues’ 2020 1st round pick and 21-year old forward Jordan Kyrou.
Kyrou was listed over the summer, by The Hockey News, as the Blues’ top prospect.
Kreider remains at #1 on TSN’s trade bait board.
Darren Dreger tweeted last night, “the trade ask for Kreider could up or, maybe it’s a better idea for the NYR to extend him.”
Larry Brooks wrote in the NY Post that the Rangers won’t get “anywhere close” to equal value in a trade for Kreider and notes that their decision with Kreider will reflect where they think the Rangers are in their rebuild.
Adam Rotter: The one thing the Rangers are sure to get in a deal for Chris Kreider is someone that can step into their lineup and play on 2/25 against the Islanders. They will try to get something between the return for Kevin Hayes and the return for Rick Nash but beyond any draft picks, conditional picks or prospects, they need to get a young player that can slot into a top-nine role and keep things moving forward. Who that player is, whether he’s from St. Louis, Boston, Pittsburgh, Colorado or someone else, remains to be seen but that is what the Rangers need to get if they are to trade a core player for the third straight season. Some around the league expect the Rangers to trade Kreider, and retain salary, for that young top-nine forward, a first round pick and at least one other conditional pick that could move up if Kreider re-signs with that team and/or that team advances in the playoffs. Others think that it could be that top-nine forward and then upwards of three conditional picks (that start between rounds 2-4) and move up depending on certain factors.
Has the door completely closed on re-signing Kreider? I don’t think so, but with the amount of interest he is drawing and the Rangers lack of urgency regarding contract discussions, it doesn’t seem likely. Kreider, by all accounts, wants to remain a Ranger and some believe he would still, even at this point, give the Rangers a bit of a discount (6-7 years at around $6.85 million per season) compared to what he would get as a UFA (6-7 years at over $7 million per season) but would require a full no-move throughout the contract. The lack of flexibility that comes with the full no-move, as well as committing around $18 million for their top two LWs just may not work for the Rangers.