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As Kreider heats up so does trade talk

Don’t look now but Chris Kreider is on one of those goal scorer streaks. With four goals in his last five games including a clutch game winner in the last minute against the Islanders, interest in the pending UFA is growing. This isn’t news since he’s been labeled the top trade target once Taylor Hall was moved to Arizona.

Heating Up

While Kreider is red hot, this scoring streak actually started on December 8th against Vegas. In the last 18 games he has 10 goals and 8 assists. He’s playing with speed and power and leading the team on and off the ice. Everyone is noticing, and we do mean everyone. As the trade deadline draws closer, expect to hear Kreider’s name come up more and more.

Kreider (Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports)

Avalanche

When the time comes, expect to hear the usual teams going after Kreider as a rental. The Bruins, Penguins, and Lightning will surely come knocking, but one team that will be at the forefront are the Avalanche.

Rangers GM Jeff Gorton and Kreider’s agent Matt Keator are expected to speak again later this month about Kreider’s contractual status, though an extension, at this point, might not be in the cards. It’s believed the Rangers and Kreider’s camp spoke in the off-season and New York is familiar with the type of deal Kreider would be looking for. It’s unknown if Kreider’s contractual mindset has changed. During Tuesday evening’s “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Dreger reported the Rangers could eat a good chunk, possibly up to 50 percent, of Kreider’s contract if they were incentivized to do so.

TFP

The deadline is in February, and you can expect that Colorado will be in the mix, if not the favorites to land Kreider until the very end. Since all the major contenders have 1st round picks in the high 20’s someone will need to step up and give up a prospect. When it comes to contenders with deep prospect pools, the Avs have what it takes to get it done. That’s why I believe they will land him at the deadline.

9 thoughts on “As Kreider heats up so does trade talk

  • January 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm
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    Hey Hank. Kreider needs a roommate in Denver.

  • January 17, 2020 at 8:26 pm
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    Someone could explain to me why CK20 even mentioned in trade rumors?
    CK20 ought to stay as a RANGERS plus why can’t they sign him to a new contract?
    It will be very STUPID to trade him and sign another player (Tifoli) who is just 2 years younger than CK20 while we have the best dual guys CK20 & Zibi.
    Trade him then cry
    Maybe he lift the cup with another team.
    KEEP HIM

  • January 17, 2020 at 8:47 pm
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    One thing I don’t get about Dreger’s statement is why would the Rangers meet Kreider’s agent if trading him is of high certainty? Is there a small percentage the Rangers believe the my can sign him below market value and retain him? Did they meet with Zucc or Hayes’ agents right before they were traded?

    • January 18, 2020 at 12:38 am
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      To discuss does he have any preferences. He has been a Ranger since birth. They owe him a sit down to discuss if trades are equal, which way would he prefer. Low balling a financial agreement that he would accept s ridiculous. Would work for less because you love your boss?

    • January 18, 2020 at 12:38 am
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      It’s all crap Mike. CK stays.

      It’s stories like this that simply & constantly regurgitate the Dregers and Friedman’s with no further thought except to expand their flimsy premise.

      So now you know two of my predictions, and a 3rd which I won’t get into could really put what looks like a very dangerous team taking shape on it’s way to what no one has dare say
      – a deep playoff run.

      It is ok to win, for anyone who needs reminding.

      We’ll see. The TDL is a month & change away. We have two games before the break and I’d expect some of these questions answered real soon

    • January 18, 2020 at 6:52 am
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      Hey Mike, looks like Gorton is keeping all options open. Who knows, maybe he moves a bad contract and we keep CK20. Anything’s possible.

      Really looks like it’s going to be the trade deadline the decade for us

  • January 18, 2020 at 12:32 am
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    Greider is playing his best team hockey EVER!!! Where has he been? It is such a shame he no longer fits into the Ranger plans. Let’s hope he brigs back something great.

    • January 18, 2020 at 6:41 pm
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      Keep your best players ! Deal from strength . We have d men in the pipeline ! Brady has to go ! Buch needs a change of scenery ..playing hard but pressing ..he can be replaced . CK20 plays good solid D even when his O game goes blank. Big , strong guys who can skate and have some skill win the 16 game battle of the playoffs . Saw Hartford play twice this week . Krastov is a long way away . Need a forward back for these two . Lemieux comes back and we see what happens . As for goal tenders , there is no easy way to say this because he is one of the best players and competitors of the game , but Hank should waive the no trade clause . I hated when Leetch went to Leafs , but it worked out . he is back in the Garden – Hank will be when his time comes . Off to a contender . This ranger team can be tough or they can go back …this can be fun to watch ! Lets go Rangers !!

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