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Blues and Avalanche are the top contenders to land Chris Kreider

There’s been talk of the many teams possibly in on Chris Kreider. According to the most recent reports there are at least 8 in the mix. They are your usual suspects of contenders but when it comes to likely landing spots, two teams stand out and they are both in the Western Conference. Even better still, they are in same division. They are the Colorado Avalanche and the defending Champs, St. Louis Blues.

Colorado Avalanche and CK20

So what would a deal with the Avalanche look like if Kreider is indeed traded as a rental at the deadline? Even if the Rangers decide to retain 50% of Kreider’s salary, the asking price starts with a 1st rounder. I reached out to Adrian Dater of ColoradoHockeyNow.com to get his thoughts on a deal.

According to Dater, he feels the Avs would likely be willing to part with their 1st rounder and a prospect. Another name connected in possible Kreider rumors is Avs prospect and 2018 first round pick Martin Kaut. When asked about the talented Czech prospect, he said it’s either Kaut or their first, not both.

Kaut (Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)
Kaut (Kevin Hoffman/Getty Images)

Drawing some comparisons to 2017 first-rounders and countrymen Martin Necas and Filip Chytil, who went 12th to the Hurricanes and 21st to the Rangers respectively, Kaut is touted as yet another skilled Czech forward with strong hockey IQ and playmaking ability.

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Now enter the St. Louis Blues. Do the Avalanche want to see Kreider end up there and have to face him in the playoffs too? I highly doubt it, thus making the possibility of first and Martin Kaut evermore likely.

St. Louis Blues and CK20

The Blues sit atop the division and will likely be without Vlad Tarasenko for the stretch run. Now that the league is aware of that situation the rumor is buzzing with the Blues going hard after Kreider who would be a perfect fit in that system.

As for what a deal would look like, Pierre Lebrun put one together in his latest for the Athletic. The trade proposal starts with St. Louis first round pick and highly touted forward prospect, Jordan Kyrou.

A prodigious playmaker with breakaway speed and finishing abilities, Kyrou bounced between Sarnia’s top two lines and has the potential to be an impact forward. He’s battled through inconsistent play and is prone to turning the puck over at inopportune times, but he’s too tantalizing a prospect to pass over in a draft thin in pure skill. Kyrou’s what we’d call a “Spotlight Ranger” who beefed up his stock with solid all-around play at high-profile events like the U18 Hlinka, the CHL Top Prospects Game and the U18 worlds. You can say almost any skill forward in this year’s draft leaked defensive prowess from start to finish, but in Kyrou’s case, it’s a serious concern. Nevertheless, he’s a dangerous player at even strength – more so than on the power play, as only five of his 51 points came with the man-advantage. He can play either center or wing, and won close to 50 percent of his 301 faceoffs (72 percent in the postseason).

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Regardless, the Blues will require the Rangers eat 50% of his salary this season to make it work. Still, adding another RW to an over crowed pool on that side isn’t ideal. If they see Kyrou as a center then it makes more sense. That’s why I believe the Blues will open up the deal further by adding more to deal.

9 thoughts on “Blues and Avalanche are the top contenders to land Chris Kreider

  • February 3, 2020 at 10:42 am
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    Srop. Dater has become a shill for the Avs.

    Kreider will be resigned.

    Lundqvist, despite shutting out the AHL Red Wings, remains headed for the door .

  • February 3, 2020 at 10:45 am
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    either of these packages would be a solid return.

  • February 3, 2020 at 10:51 am
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    First off so many repetitive article should. Already read these same speculations and names multiple times next month.

    Secondly the names motioned are obvious. Not much insider access this is straight fodder. Anyone with decent fantasy sport coverage could have come up with this.

    On a separate note, any deal with Blues should heavily consider klim klostin- dude is a beast with a heavy shot. We don’t need someone whose identity is hard to identify – we have enough buchnevich’s this year and in recent memory.

    Lastly Kreider is a beast and we should be doing everything we can to keep him. Losing staal lundqvist smith skjei (buchnevich has run out of time by end of next year to) is over $20million gone from the books in the next two years. That is plenty to afford Kreider and any of our young core. Only in 5years or so are we going to have to worry about expensive deals for any of theyoungguns. They will all get bridge deals after ELC like every ranger before them.

    Having said that if a prospect is can’t miss then if wecan get 1st Rd also it wouldn’t be terrible. Just can’t replace Kreider. We don’t need more future 5+Years pieces now. Throw in a conditional first if they win cup or kreider signs with his new team and that’s huge. If someone is willing to give up on their 2018 first rounder already are they that worth it?

    A rebuild doesn’t need more question marks. We know what Kreider brings to the table and what his impact is on the young core. He is a much more responsible and smart player than earlier in his career.

    • February 3, 2020 at 11:49 am
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      I wouldn’t even talk to the Blues unless they mentioned Kostin from the get-go. Kyrou? Pass.

    • February 3, 2020 at 4:16 pm
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      It’s obvious this article wasn’t written with any more investigation than that of a person who covers fantasy hockey.
      Doug Armstrong, who is notoriously quiet with his personal dealings with the Blues; openly told Kyrou to go ahead and buy a house in St.Louis and told the media he won’t be going anywhere. That’s huge, considering Armstrong doesn’t just say those things- ever.
      I agree with you on Kostin. In many ways I thought Kostin would be in Kyrou’s NHL spot right now. The Blues need to shed cap or let Pietrangelo walk, so if we do take this on, we will be losing other key players. -Only Armstrong knows. However, making a deal where we lose the trade just so the Avs don’t win the trade is plausable and probable.

  • February 3, 2020 at 11:13 am
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    No chance the Blues give up Kyrou

  • February 3, 2020 at 12:20 pm
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    No way Kreider should be going any where. Players of that quality don’t come along very often!!!

  • February 3, 2020 at 6:11 pm
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    Ahemmm, Kyrou was mentioned by Pierre Lebrun. Maybe we can work on comprehension and attention to detail? And I’m fairly certain the two teams mentioned will likely end up getting him. So would you like me to make up Columbus is going to get him because Torts loves him? Because they are one of the teams interested but I don’t think they will pay up.

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