2/25/20 | Kreider has a no-move clause for the first four-years of the deal and then a modified no-trade clause for the remaining three-years. He also has a no-move clause in the last three-years that likely prevents the Rangers from putting him on waivers without his approval. (CapFriendly)
11:21AM: John Davidson met with the media on MSG Monday morning and announced that Chris Kreider would be signing a seven-year contract extension with the Rangers.
His cap hit is $6.5 million. (Kreider AAV on seven year deal is $6.5M.)
Davidson said, “Chris Kreider and our hockey club have come to terms on a seven-year deal. Both sides worked hard at this, Jeff Gorton and Matt Keator, along with Chris and the rest of us. There was a lot of dialogue, it has gone on for a few days. Both sides are very happy with the deal we have been able to put together. We are very happy that Chris has signed a seven-year extension.”
On TSN, Jeff O’Neil quoted Ray Ferraro as saying that if the Rangers traded Chris Kreider they would be spending the next 10-years looking to replace him.
O’Neil added, “What he brings to the table, his passion for the game, he’s a pain in the rear end to play against. He has goal scoring ability, his ability to skate and just to show that young core group in New York that it is about the now right now, not just selling everybody totally off. I love the move for the Rangers.”
Craig Button said on TSN, “I love Chris Kreider. I think that if they traded him for prospects and draft picks it would have been cutting the legs out from under the team. I love that Jeff Gorton kept him because he’s a unique player, you don’t find guys like this.
Ferraro said, “you’ve got a terrific player, you can’t keep giving these players away if you have them. He’s at the right age, in the peak of his career, great partnership with Mika Zibanejad, who has turned into a legit #1 center. They have something going in New York, I like this a lot.”
Adam Rotter: The Rangers bent on years and Kreider bent on the cap and the deal gets done. Ultimately it’s the right move for the Rangers and a pretty fair deal that not only reinforces the good feeling that this team has had lately but keeps a key piece next to Mika Zibanejad. Kreider didn’t want to leave and the Rangers didn’t want to move him unless they had to. Now Kreider can officially be the bridge between the past and the future for the Rangers. I still think that Mika Zibanejad ultimately is named Captain but Kreider will wear an “A” and be an enormous part of the Rangers leadership group.