Trade tensions as arbitration hearings draw near for Kreider and Hayes
Chris Kreider has submitted what he is seeking in arbitration and the Rangers have countered. While Larry Brooks has indicated that the two sides are trying to work out a longterm deal, there is still much that could happen between now and tomorrow morning.
Per Aaron Ward, Chris Kreider submitted contract figure of $4.75 million for arbitration. Rangers in at $3.2 million.
— Andrew Gross (@AGrossRecord) July 20, 2016
We know that it is highly unlikely to make it to the arbitrator, if it does a 1 year award around 3.8 to 4M will be the reward. That is not what the Rangers want because another 20 goal season or better will mean a much higher contract then what is currently being discussed.
[su_quote cite=”Per Larry Brooks” url=”http://nypost.com/2016/07/20/the-long-term-deal-gulf-facing-rangers-kreider-before-hearing/”]The parties are in ongoing negotiations concerning a four- or five-year deal that would buy out No. 20’s first two or three years of unrestricted free agency. It is believed the Rangers are offering in the neighborhood of $4.75 million per with Kreider seeking approximately $5.25 million per[/su_quote]
Should the Rangers and Kreider not find common ground by late this evening, the possibility of a trade increases exponentially.
Rangers and Minnesota Still Talking?
One team that seems to still get connected to the Rangers is Minnesota. The rumor mill continues to have Jeff Gorton interested in acquiring young defenseman Matt Dumba. The Wild are looking for more scoring up front and we could be seeing a swap of RFA’s soon.
The potential of a Kevin Hayes for Dumba swap might make sense for both sides as the Rangers are rich up front and in desperate need of help in the back. A larger deal centered around Chris Kreider for Dumba and more should not be considered out of the realm of possibility.