Phil Posted November 20, 2018 Share Posted November 20, 2018 In fact, even with another year left on his contract that pays him a very manageable $4.625 million against the cap, these new-look Rangers would be far better served by keeping Kreider. Few players have embraced David Quinn?s philosophical mantra as well as Kreider has, and even fewer to the same practical effect. Kreider?s game has also advanced off the ice, where he was officially named to the Rangers? leadership group this season. Assuming an extension to remain a Ranger can be negotiated, would anyone be surprised to learn his name was on the short-list of candidates to be named team captain at some point this season or next? Of course, at the age of 27, there?s inherent risk in keeping a forward who is currently playing at his peak; especially one who may not have the same statistical impact over the life of his new deal. But Kreider has shown remarkable chemistry playing alongside Mika Zibanejad ? the only Rangers? forward signed beyond the 2021-22 season. This particular fact makes the idea of keeping the dynamic duo together to lead the veteran charge on this rebuild especially promising. Depending on how amenable Kreider is to a shorter-term extension, Gorton may be facing an uphill battle. But if he can convince Kreider to take fewer years in exchange for a more favorable annual average value (AAV), he?ll have effectively side-stepped the most dangerous aspect of locking up his team?s most productive goal scorer by mitigating the biggest risk ? years. It?s not as though there?s a lack of precedent for players doing this in recent seasons, either. Just this past summer, the Philadelphia Flyers were able to sign James van Riemsdyk, 29, to a five-year ticket with a $7 million AAV and the Calgary Flames agreed to the same term length with 31-year-old James Neal, who?s AAV came in at $5.75 million. Kreider?s would-be extension wouldn?t kick in until the age of 29, so limiting his term to five years or fewer should be an absolute requirement on any extension talks. The idea of locking him in at say $7 million per season and expecting top-line production out of him at 33- or 34-years old isn?t realistic, but on a four- or five-year ticket, the risk can be mitigated to near-zero with only the final season or two of his deal to worry over. https://www.blueshirtbanter.com/2018/11/20/18102250/why-new-york-rangers-should-re-think-trading-chris-kreider Sent from my iPhone using Blueshirts Brotherhood mobile app powered by Tapatalk Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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