Add Chris Kreider to the potential list of Rangers vets that could be moved
We know that Mats Zuccarello is almost 100% sure to be traded this season. Names like Kevin Hayes, Vlad Namestnikov, and Ryan Spooner have also been tossed around. Well it looks like another veteran is entering that trade speculation zone.
Chris Kreider on the move?
Michael Traikos recently wrote in the Toronto Star a list of 5 players he feels are likely to be traded. Those names included, Matt Duchene, Tyler Toffoli, William Nylander, Sergei Bobrovsky, and Chris Kreider.
“The 27-year-old has another year remaining on his contract, but with the Rangers in rebuild mode now might be the time to move him for a younger prospect. With seven goals in 15 games this season, there could be a lot of takers.” – Toronto Sun
Interesting Points For Moving Kreider
The truth is the Rangers are in a rebuild mode and Kreider who turns 28 on April 30th, 2019 will be looking for a contract in the $6+ plus range for at least 4-5 years. That means when his current deal which has a cap-hit of $4.625M expires, he will be 29 and looking for a contract that takes him to at least 33.
Kreider is also having a good season with 8 goals and 13 points in 18 games. If the Rangers don’t think he’s a long term fixture then his won’t get any higher then it is right now. This is a big decision because Kreider has become a leader in the locker room and is playing extremely well for a team now in the playoff picture.
Jeff Gorton needs to think this one through because moving a piece like Kreider could bring a solid return that will have a greater impact in the long run. If he decides to hold on to him past this trade deadline, his trade value drops significantly because he will be a rental next year with UFA status looming.
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