It only took nine New York Rangers games for the rumors to begin on possible trade destinations for Chris Kreider.
With just nine games played, Kreider’s name has been slowly gathering momentum in potential trade destinations. His contract will expire at the end of this season when he will become an unrestricted free agent. The organization needs to determine if it’s better to trade the right-winger or re-sign him to a long-term contract.
The eight-year veteran has tallied 135 goals and 277 points. He will turn 29 next April, and to this point, the Rangers and Kreider pretty much have been playing the “wait and see” game.
Trade rumors began to pick up steam when the St. Louis Blues announced that their star player, Vladimir Tarasenko, would be out for the next five months due to shoulder surgery.
The Colorado Avalanche then announced that their captain, Gabriel Landeskog, would be out of their lineup for an undisclosed length of time.
Kreider would fit in well with either of these teams, and with that, the two clubs could offer the Rangers adequate compensation for what would be a rental player.
To add more fuel to the fire, TSN Hockey released its first Trade Bait board of the season. The player who is ranked No. 1 on their board is none other than Chris Kreider.
TRADE BAIT: The clock is ticking on Jesse Puljujarvi's #NHL season and the #MapleLeafs' 'Zach Hyman Watch' is on in the first player board of the season unveiled today by @frank_seravalli – https://t.co/22SWo6G1gq #TSNHockey #TradeCentre pic.twitter.com/qUyZ9R3Q16
— TSN Hockey (@TSNHockey) October 31, 2019
Team standings, the overall play of an individual player and team need are just a few of the factors that are calculated when looking to move or acquire a player.
Expect to hear Kredier’s name mention through the season as teams look to make a playoff push for the Stanley Cup.