Rangers Trade Rumors Roundup from Chris Kreider to Tony DeAngelo
We are 15 days away from the NHL Trade Deadline and the team is loaded with potential trade candidates ranging from likely to be traded ala Chris Kreider to unlikely ala Tony DeAngelo. Let’s dive in as we are just a little over 2 weeks to go before 3PM hits on February 24th.
Big news came out this week that Chris Kreider and his agent will meet to discuss contract demands. As I relayed earlier after speaking with a team source, this is just the first step in a process and they’ll see where it goes. My expectation is he is still traded at the deadline but if Kreider will take a huge discount in years from 7 to 4 then it could happen. The bottom line is the return in a trade will just be impossible to pass up.
The two top contenders are St. Louis and Colorado. We know that the package must include a 1st round pick and an NHL ready forward prospect. Both of those teams have that. Now what everyone doesn’t talk enough about is Kreider has a modified no trade clause which means he has a list of about 10-12 teams he won’t accept a trade to. He might have the Oilers on that list but maybe after getting buddy-buddy with Connor McDavid at the All Star Game he might change his mind. If Edmonton is willing to give up their 1st (Lottery protected) and Jesse Puljujarvi it might make sense. I’ll be exploring Kreider trade scenarios later this week.
Predators Eyeing Jesper Fast
Nashville is just 3 points out of a playoff spot but with games in hand. One area they are looking to improve is bottom 6 depth and penalty kill. Rumor has them as one of the leading candidates to land Jesper Fast.
The Toronto Maple Leafs decided the price for Alexandar Georgiev was too steep. Rumors say the Rangers are looking for a top 9 forward that can play in the NHL now. The young goalie has gone on record with how difficult it has been in the three goalie situation, and even if the Rangers would love to keep him, it’s becoming difficult to keep this rotation going.
Jeff Gorton has a solution here but it is one many will not like. The Rangers if they don’t get what they want can hold on to Georgiev and try again at the draft. They can have a heart to heart with Shesterkin and send him to Hartford for the remainder of the season since he does not have to pass through waivers. It’s the only way to realistically end this 3 goalie monster if they can’t trade Georgiev. With that said, keep your eyes out now for San Jose, Carolina, and New Jersey to come for him hard.
The Only Way To Trade DeAngelo
Rumor out of Winnipeg is that teams are calling on Kyle Connor with the Jets scouring the open market for a defenseman. The article from the Winnipeg Free Press suggests that Colorado could be a match with Bo Byram. Listen, the name Kyle Connor who has 25 goals and 52 points in 55 games being available would make anyone jump. He’s 23 years old and locked up at $7M per until 2026. Let me just say this, Colorado isn’t the only team with a wealth of talent on defense. If the Rangers trade Kreider, they will need a LW and players like Tony DeAngelo or Brady Skjei plus prospects would be an interesting conversation. Regardless, I don’t think the Jets trade him. I will dive deeper on this next week also.
In closing, here’s the latest NYR trade meter.