The Rangers may be listening on most anything via the trade front, but someone like Chris Kreider would carry a heavy acquisition cost.
Bob McKenzie had a Wednesday evening TV hit on NBCSN.
Following a discussion on how likely the Rangers would be to deal away their pending unrestricted free agents, the Insider was asked if he thought the Rangers would consider trading Chris Kreider or any of their core players who are under contract beyond this season.
“I think general manager Jeff Gorton’s attitude is, ‘Listen, we’re a rebuilding hockey team. It behooves me to listen to whatever anybody pitches at us,’” said McKenzie. “I don’t believe that Gorton and the New York Rangers are out there shopping Chris Kreider or any of the other contract players with years left, their so-called ‘core players’ or guys that have been core players.
“They get phone calls, and someone will say, ‘What about Mika Zibanejad? Any chance…’
“Unless there was a ridiculous offer, but nobody is anticipating that.
“But Kreider is an interesting one because he’s having such a good year. On pace for 35-36 goals, big body, unbelievable skater, still a year left on his deal. But in order for the Rangers to even contemplate giving up a guy like Kreider, who’s so important to what they’re doing here now, they’d have to get a foundational building block young player that’s very close to playing in the National Hockey League, or already just arrived there. They’re not going to trade him for just future considerations - a draft pick and some fair-to-middling prospect.
“So it would need to be a high price for Kreider coming back the other way.”
Kreider has another season beyond 2018-19 remaining on his four-year, $18.5 million contract, which carries a modified trade clause this season and next through which he can nix 11 destinations.
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