Rangers Roundup: MSG honors Kobe Bryant, also Kreider, Andersson, Georgiev news

MSG Kobe Tribute (Tony DeAngelo)

The Garden has lit up Purple and Gold after the tragic loss of basketball legend Kobe Bryant. Athletes and celebrities have shared their feelings on this sad situation which also claimed the life of many others including his daughter Gigi.

Kreider “I’m a Ranger”

Chris Kreider is not concerned about the trade deadline and isn’t worrying about things that are not in his control. So far the Rangers and Kreider have not discussed a contract extension and the outcome seems obvious. Like Mats Zuccarello and Rick Nash before him, he is likely being traded at the deadline.

“I’ve only ever pictured myself in a Rangers jersey,” Kreider said. “So until I’m not a Ranger, I’m a Ranger.”

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Lias Andersson

We reported on 1/5 that Lias was going to be loaned to the SHL.

Now what needs to be made clear is that the Rangers do not need to just throw in Andersson as a sweetener at the deadline. They can allow him to improve his value and move him at the draft for what could be a better deal anyway.

Lias Andersson (photo: Jenny Ingemarsson)

Devils Interested In Georgiev

Interesting tidbit from The 4th Period, but it appears the goalie starved Devils are interested in Georgiev. A trade across the Hudson could happen, but I find it unlikely.