Trade Deadline Day arrives for Rangers and Jeff Gorton
What will Jeff Gorton do today? The NHL Trade Deadline expires at 3PM with all the GM’s major trade pieces still on the roster and more questions than answers to deal with. The Rangers playoff odds continue to slip even though they keep winning. Will that have any impact on what moves the team makes today? Let’s take a quick inventory before the buzzer sounds.
The Big Fish
Unless Chris Kreider agrees to the 6 year offer at around 6.5M on the table he will be traded. Darren Dreger said that there is an offer on the table but you can expect there to be more once Gorton phones teams to say he’s trading him.
Fast and Georgiev
When the Rangers felt there was a good chance to sign Kreider, Fast was being aggressively shopped. With the return likely being no better than a 2nd round pick, the Rangers may now keep him and trade his rights at the draft. As for the 3 goalie issue, your guess is as good as mine. If Georgiev is dealt, then questions around Lundqvist will end. If not, talks of retirement this summer will overwhelm Rangerstown.
If the Rangers move Kreider, then they will have more cap space to deal with their RFAs. If he re-signs, well then something unexpected could happen here. Should they not move an RFA, which I doubt, then maybe they make hockey trades involving either Brady Skjei or Pavel Buchnevich.
As I said, more questions than answers but we WILL get our answers today.