Could Chris Kreider be a target of the Toronto Maple Leafs?
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Toronto’s Sportsnet 590, and the Insider was asked about that notion.
“I do think the Leafs and the Rangers have been in contact about things,” allowed Friedman. “I do know this: I know that there have been teams who asked about Kreider, and they’ve told me the price was really high. They said if you looked at the Rangers guys who were available, they were willing to accept lower prices on their UFAs - the Hayes and the Zuccarellos of the world - than on Kreider.
“They wouldn’t be the first team to ask, and I know they have talked to the Rangers about things. It’s not a huge surprise, and I think he’d be a great fit in Toronto. I just know the Rangers have told people in the past the price on Kreider is very high because he’s got one more year.”
Kreider is in the third season of a four-year, $18.5 million contract, which includes a modified no-trade clause through which he can nix 11 teams.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly