Hopes of a new contract between Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers are fading. Obviously, if the negotiation doesn’t shift in the hours ahead, Kreider will remain the top available player on the TSN Tradebait Board leading up to tomorrows deadline.
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) February 23, 2020
This will likely go down to the 3pm wire tomorrow, as the Rangers have made signing him a top priority. They are also leaving their options open for a trade just in case they can’t come to an agreement.
This is likely Kreider’s first and last big contract, and for a guy who had a blood clot a few years back, he wants to capitalize on it. The Rangers want to avoid a huge contract that hamstrings them as rookies come off their entry level deals. There is no right/wrong here, just what works and doesn’t for both sides.