Chris Kreider is the name at the top of almost every major outlets’ trade list. While there are some insiders claiming that there is hemming and hawing on whether the Rangers will trade him or not, my assessment is it’s a foregone conclusion he will be moved. The most intriguing player for the Blueshirts as we near the deadline is Alexander Georgiev.
For now the Rangers are sticking with the 3 goalie system as expected. A league source told me that Toronto’s interest has dropped as they are focused on getting a defenseman. On the flip side, the Sharks are hot for a goalie and feel Georgiev is a starter for them as both Martin Jones and Aaron Dell have faltered.
San Jose’s goalies are both 30 years old and part of the aging group of players that they will need to flip or move on from. The problem is Martin Jones still has 4 more years at 5.7M so they are stuck with him. The good news is Aaron Dell is a UFA this summer and his 1.6M will be allotted to signing Georgiev who will still be a cost controlled RFA.
What Will It Take?
Kevin Lebanc is the name that keeps coming up, but it is unlikely to be enough to get it done. The 23 year old is struggling this season with just 24 points but is also a RW which the Rangers are loaded with having Kakko, Buchnevich and Kravtsov.
If the Sharks want him they may have to part with one of the their other top prospects like LW Jonathan Dahlen. A combination of a top prospect and draft picks could be enough to get it done, but are the Sharks ready to do it? Considering they really don’t have a bluechip prospect playing goal, the rumor is yes.