Kreider drawing interest from top contenders as Rangers seek 1st round pick
As Kreider heats up so does the interest from around the NHL about his availability. In the veteran’s last 6 games he has 4 goals and 7 points playing a physical game at high speed. Teams heading into the postseason look for players that are big, strong, fast, and can score. Kreider fits that to a tee and the Rangers will not move him for anything less than a 1st rounder to start.
According to Elliotte Friedman many of the league’s top contenders are interested, but the Rangers have yet to make him available. You can expect that to remain the case as his value grows nearing the deadline and GMs know where they stand as a bidding war ensues.
“All the contenders from Colorado to Boston to St. Louis to Pittsburgh are all believed to be interested in [Kreider],” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said during the Headlines segment on Hockey Night in Canada. “Teams don’t believe, right now, the Rangers have made him available, but they are waiting to see if they decide they can’t keep him, and they want to trade him, there is a ton of interest.”Sportsnet
Colorado Wants Kreider
If there is one team that has been not only interested but came close to acquiring him at the draft is the Avalanche. 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.