Rangers Roundup: Chris Kreider trade and sign, Georgiev, Lindy Ruff, and more
The latest Blueshirt’s buzz is here, and we touch on a gambit of topics. Chris Kreider returned in high fashion last night playing a big role in defeating Toronto. Alexandar Georgiev didn’t leave with the Leafs last night, so what’s next, and what credit does Lindy Ruff deserve? Let’s answer these all one by one.
Kreider Trade and Sign
When it comes to Kreider who is the top trade target heading into the deadline, there’s been plenty of interest but also a desire by the Rangers to keep him. We reported as much this offseason when it was believed they would trade him at the draft, and they almost did to Colorado. Ultimately they opted to hold onto to him and try to make a playoff run.
The Rangers are still a long shot to see postseason action, and it will be near impossible to turn down the package they will get for Kreider as a rental by either Colorado or St. Louis. Still, the Rangers could pull off a trade and then sign him as a UFA this summer. Yes, it rarely happens, but it still does. Think Antoine Vermette in Arizona in 2015.
For John Davidson and Jeff Gorton they won’t be able to compete with some team’s offer of 7 years at $7M per, but could be a little creative and do 7.5M for 5. The Rangers can’t risk losing him for nothing on July 1st, and they shouldn’t turn down what could be a tremendous haul for CK20. That’s why he is going to be dealt at the deadline. The fun begins this summer when they will try to resign him.
When the Rangers defense was struggling as a unit earlier this season everyone’s finger pointed to Lindy Ruff. Well the Rangers have been much tighter in their own zone and their penalty kill has been top notch over the last 2 months, so where is anyone to give him credit.
I talked briefly to one Rangers executive about the play of Anthony DeAngelo and how much of a revelation he’s become offensively. When I asked if they were surprised the focus and praise was directed to Lindy Ruff and the coaches for helping Tony D find that next level. It’s time we gave Ruff his just due for that too.
Georgiev still a Ranger
The Leafs acquired LA backup Jack Campbell in a Trade last night, but I assure you that their preference was Georgiev. Yes, insiders said they were working for a while to get this deal done, but let me ask you, did it really consummate 15 minutes after they lost to the Rangers? Did they scratch Jeremy Bracco the night before for no reason? He wasn’t part of the deal with LA, but was likely involved in a trade for Georgiev. I’m sure this will all come out soon. As for Georgiev, I expect the Sharks, Canes, and Devils to make the biggest offers now.