Rangers lock Kreider up for 4 years at 4.625M

Kreider scores with .03 on clock (Photo: Patrick McDermott -Getty Images)

Kreider scores with .03 on clock (Photo: Patrick McDermott -Getty Images)

The Rangers and Chris Kreider have agreed to a 4 year deal with an AAV of 4.625M at the 11th hour. 

Cutting it Close

As the last few grains of sand were dropping in the hourglass, the announcement came that Kreider would indeed be playing some of his prime years for the Rangers. Jeff Gorton avoided the arbitration hearing and the 1 year reward that would have likely spelled the end of CK20’s career in Blue next summer.

The Rangers best power forward is in the fold and the Blueshirts still have over 6M in cap space to re-sign Kevin Hayes.

Remember the Blueshirts can go 10% over the cap before the season starts and then they need to make the appropriate moves to get under it before October. In essence, if they sign Hayes for about 2M, they would have at least 4M in space to improve other areas.

If we are all logical, no would assume that the Rangers are going to start this season with 4M in cap space just because they want to be fiscally responsible. At least one trade is coming.

UPDATE: Per Aaron Ward, last 2 years have a limited no-trade.

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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