— Puck Prose (@Puck_Prose) January 21, 2020
This isn’t all that surprising, as Kreider and the Bruins have been linked since last year. There is some grain of salt required here, since the main source is Joe Haggerty (no record of being an “Insider”) and he quotes “multiple sources.” It’s standard practice to use caution when looking at all these rumors.
In terms of a return, I’m not 100% sure what the Bruins have to offer aside from futures that would entice the Rangers. They aren’t trading off their current roster, so pipe dreams of Jake Debrusk, Danton Heinen, or Anders Bjork should be stowed away for now.
If the Rangers do wind up with futures, they will probably go for the most NHL ready top-nine prospect the Bruiins have. Jack Studnicka maybe? The former second round pick is centering Providence’s top line and is second on the team in scoring. Urho Vaakanainen? Maybe, but he’s a defenseman and the Rangers are chock full of defensemen. Oskar Steen? He had great numbers in Sweden but has struggled in the AHL this year.
The good thing here is that there will be competition for Kreider, something we knew would happen when the Taylor Hall trade went down sooner than expected. The only trap the Rangers have is being fixated on a specific return and passing up a better package. Get the best package and player possible for Kreider, if they do indeed trade him.