In an interesting update on trade deadline day, it is being reported that Chris Kreider might be signing a contract extension with the New York Rangers.
Dreger reported that things shifted gears in New York on trade deadline day after buzz was that Kreider would be the biggest piece moved on Monday.
More to come on this.
Kreider potentially being taken off the market probably means more attention will be paid to player like Kyle Palmieri and other wingers, some of which are rentals and some that have term still left on their deals. Several teams want top-six scorers and there just aren’t many available.
This might also open the door for teams that were thinking about keeping forwards because the return will be massive now that Kreider isn’t available.
The Rangers amazingly aren’t out of the playoff race and Kreider is a major reason for that. While it might have been tempting for the Rangers to get back a major haul and Kreider could have re-signed with the team next season, the Rangers decided not to take a chance.
One of the rare power forwards in the game, he would have been a player everyone would have wanted and he’d have made a killing in free agency. The expectation is that the deal will be a seven or eight-year pact.
Friedman notes, the extension is seven years and around $6.5 million. Kreider, 28, has spent the entirety of his eight-year career with the Rangers who drafted him 19th overall back in 2009. This season, he has 24 goals and 21 assists in 60 games while averaging 17:33 per night, the highest average of his career.
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