The New York Rangers have made it official, Chris Kreider is now locked up for another 7 years at $6.5M per. This now signals the rebuild is over and the organization has made the commitment to start keeping their better players instead of selling them off for picks and prospects.
How does this impact the deadline?
It likely spells the end of Jesper Fast as a Ranger. The Rangers can now move him for a future asset or package him with another player to get a bottom 6 forward if the deal is right.
The injury to Igor Shesterkin who was involved in a car accident last night and fractured his ribs has no timetable just yet. That means the Rangers are very likely to keep RFA, Alexandar Georgiev for the playoff push. This could mean the Rangers may look to add a significant piece if it’s the right hockey deal as well.
When it comes to the other RFA’s Tony DeAngelo, Ryan Strome, and Brendan Lemieux they could be dealt in the right deal as the team will need to navigate their cap. Additionally, the Rangers could look to moving Brady Skjei or maybe even Marc Staal who would have to waive his clause.