Tick, tock, tick, tock. We are now 11 days out from the Trade Deadline and you can fell the rush building. A slew of injuries are starting to pile up in Edmonton to Columbus and how much will that impact the market less than 2 weeks away.
Will Kreider Be Moved?
You have to wonder how the latest news that the Rangers and Chris Kreider have started negotiations impacts some teams like Boston and St. Louis? Will they just play it safe and focus their attention on Tyler Toffoli who will cost them significantly less?
“I think I’d be disingenuous to try to embody how someone else went about this situation, so I’m just trying to be myself every day,” Kreider said. “I feel like my name’s been out there for the last seven years. It’s just the nature of the beast.”CBC
Here’s the important thing for everyone to understand, while the two sides are talking the Rangers have not stopped listening to offers. Ultimately the Rangers are going to have to look at where they are, look at the cap, and realize thar package is going to go a long way to get to Cup contention.
Wild in Minny?
Wild GM, Bill Guerin told reporters after moving Jason Zucker not to assume more trades are coming, but he also didn’t say they wouldn’t. Like I said, lots of teams are dealing with injuries and need a defenseman that isn’t a rental. Carolina being one of those teams with a 1st round pick to spare for Matt Dumba.
Guerin wouldn’t discuss specifics, but, according to industry buzz, the most asked-about player on his roster is Jonas Brodin, followed by Mathew Dumba. (I’d bet there’s a bit for Marcus Foligno, too.) I don’t get the sense he’s inclined to do anything with either, unless it involves an elite centre, or maybe a No. 2 centre, providing that includes something extra — like a couple of first-rounders or something along those lines.31 Thoughts
Columbus on the hunt
There’s no doubt that Columbus is in the market for a defenseman. I expect them to make a strong push for Martinez from LA immediately. Also note that they lost Cam Atkinson is also sidelined for 3 weeks, so how about Toffoli too?