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Will teams come knocking for Chris Kreider now

Anthony J. Causi

Chris Kreider will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. At 28, he will be seeking the max years of 7 on his next and most likely final deal. He turns 29 in April so that will take him to the age of 36. And looking at the Rangers pool of young players and prospects he may not fit the long view plans anymore.

Blues and Avs

There are two teams in the same division that feel they are contenders and both are dealing with injuries to key forwards. The defending champs in St. Louis and the high flyers in Colorado. The Blues have lost Vlad Tarasenko for at least 5 months with a shoulder injury. Meanwhile the Avalanche have lost 2/3 of their top line. Rantanen is week to week and Landeskog is out indefinitely, both to lower body injuries. So will one of these teams come knocking on Jeff Gorton’s door? Elliotte Friedman thinks at least the Blues will.

Rangers Ask

This past draft, reports surfaced that the Rangers and Avalanche were working on a deal involving Kreider but Avs GM, Joe Sakic would not give up one of his 1st round picks. People around the Rangers believe that Kreider will fetch them a team’s first round pick at the trade deadline, and because of that, whether if be the Blues or Avs is the starting point.

The question is how do you fill that void this season if you’re the Rangers? Strome can easily play the wing when Zibanejad is healthy on the 2nd line. With Chytil up, that makes sense. Of course, the Rangers can call back Kravtsov but that remains the least likely possibility this early in the season.

17 thoughts on “Will teams come knocking for Chris Kreider now

  • October 31, 2019 at 9:17 am

    they wouldn’t fill his void. likely not this year nor the next 3 years. in fact im not sure pick 26 and b prospect gets me too excited. right now relying on kravtsov to fill Kreider spot on the LW seems like a steep proposition. write it down, things will get ugly when trade him.

    • October 31, 2019 at 9:59 am

      If you actually watch him play, not just look at the score sheet, you realize just how much he does for the Rangers. He’s still probably the fastest guy on the team, and uses that speed both ways, breaking up what looked like a clear 2 on 1 by catching the second player on one play, setting up Fox’s goal with his speed down the right wing on another. He’s the only player on the team that can literally just muscle his way through checks along the boards and work the puck deep. He’s an absolute beast around the net, controlling the puck behind it, screening the goalie and deflecting pucks in front. He’s always talking, pointing out things to the younger players, and cheering them on. When he steps into a scrum, it usually calms down quickly because nobody wants to mess with him. When a physical message needs to be delivered, he can crush most opponents with a clean check. He’s highly respected for his physical abilities, his intelligence, and his willingness to mentor the kids by his team mates. He’s a true “core player” on this team, and the FO better get an A++ deal when IF they trade him.

      • October 31, 2019 at 10:20 am

        Well said…nothing much to add except that the guy is in great physical shape and takes care of his body. Everything suggests that he will age well, even if he loses a step.

      • October 31, 2019 at 11:00 am

        Very true, well said. He was all over the ice last game, doing absolutely everything. He seems to be very involved in helping out the kids as well. I don’t see that they have a choice though, we’re not going to be able to fit a new contract under the cap.

        • October 31, 2019 at 4:16 pm

          yes completely agree, there is no reason to trade him for a measly 1st round pick, basically just hoping we re-draft a different 1st liner who turns out better? Kreids may never be what we expected but why can’t we find a way to keep him? you can’t set a core up if you just trade a guy every time he doesn’t reach some arbitrary potential we set for him? the two posts above highlight what Kreids brings to the team, and the chemistry and fitness level alone will greatly suffer if we lose him. I am dreading this and would love to maintain him on the team somehow. losing marc staal contract would help…i don’t know why fans and management don’t just move/wait out some contracts and keep kreider….a 1st pick, mediocre to bum prospect and a 3rd liner don’t offer anything for us…we have too many 3rd liners already.

  • October 31, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Idk what you guys are smoking … Krieder sucks .. tbh I forgot he was on the team.. he’s not noticeable at all.. anyone in the ahl can make up for him.. I’m sorry it is what it is .. his days as a top 6 forward are over

    • October 31, 2019 at 1:56 pm

      No offense…..but you are clearly talking out of your ass

    • November 4, 2019 at 9:15 am

      You know nothing about hockey

  • October 31, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Show me someone else who can jump out of a pool?

  • October 31, 2019 at 1:55 pm

    Can we all stop with stirring the “move Kreider” pot.
    All you guys talking about draft picks in return for Kreider PLEASE STOP!! we are notoriously bad at drafting and so picks are essentially worthless unless we move them for sure fire prospects (Fox). The youth we have now that have any legitimate upside were all someone else’s picks. Lias Anderson is a bust at 7. Kravtsov was supposed to make the team with his eyes closed, Shestyorkin was supposed to be Hank’s immediate replacement and Kaako fell into our laps at 2. And I’m not even going to go into our history Jessiman, Brendl Sanguinetti. Fact is, any guys with upside, Lindgren, D’angelo, Lemieux, Hajek were all add ins or pot sweeteners for our veterans. The best guys we have right now are free agents signings and late picks that were pleasant surprises. ( and before anyone mentions Buchnevich, please know we drafted Adam Tambellini ahead of him).
    Kreider needs to stay and win with this team BUT he needs to be surrounded by linemates that can read his style and play to his strengths…Zuke?

    • October 31, 2019 at 3:16 pm

      We drafted CK20

  • October 31, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    Good read Anthony

    If I was running the show, I would not move CK20 at this point in time. He is too valuable leading the kids on and off the ice. It’s better they develop in a winning atmosphere. And CK20 is a winner.

    Trust me. There will be more than those two teams around later on that are willing to part with a 1st + And Sakik can’t afford to be stingy like he was in the past, cause his team is ready now.

    Basically, were in the driver’s seat!

    And if by chance CK20 is willing to do a 3 year deal, JG should be all over it (even with a higher pay level)!

  • October 31, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I call him useless kreider.
    Everytime he is near the puck he is useless. Cant pass, skates around the outside and doesn’t really hit. You saw Lemieux knock down McDonough the other night. Given his size and speed, have you ever seen him knock someone down like Lemieux?

  • October 31, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    He can’t finish, doesn’t know how to use all that speed and finishes checks only if he is upset. Good bye and good riddance.

  • November 1, 2019 at 1:19 am

    I think the more likely offer is going to be a top prospect that NY has their eyes on. For example Lindgren in the Nash deal or Hajek in the JT Miller swap. The pick is nice, but I have confidence in the ability of the braintrust to ID a young player with the kind of skills NY is looking for.

    If its STL, it might be a guy like Mitch Reinke or Alexei Torpochenko. Alexei is a big boy and showed his stuff for the Storm in the run for the Memorial cup. Not sure if his skating is good enough right now but I like his game.

    The Avs have some nice kids in the pipeline but after the trade with Carolina I doubt they will move Kaut and Newhook was the first of the picks they wouldn’t trade for CK in the first place. Calle Rosen looks like he is going to be a very good player, so does Timmins.I love that Kamenev kid, although he had the worst injury luck however he may be more in the mold of Howden so I don’t know if he scratches the right itch.

    Anyway if and when a deal comes, it will be the prospect that I am more interested in taking a look at.

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