Phil Posted June 20, 2019 Share Posted June 20, 2019 But before president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton close the book on Phase One, they must decide whether to extend Chris Kreider?s contract, which has one season to go at $4.625 million before he is eligible for unrestricted free agency, or trade No. 20 before the start of the season, if not ideally before the start of Friday?s first round of the entry draft so the team can snag another first-rounder. And, with The Post learning that Gorton and the winger?s rep, Matt Keator, had not yet had a substantive conversation about numbers at least as of Wednesday night, the feeling increasingly is that The. Rangers. Will. Trade. Chris. This decision would not be about subtracting payroll for next season in order to accommodate pursuit of Panarin and any other player or combination of players, though that is a necessity. That is among the reasons Group II free agent Pavel Buchnevich is available, and so too are Jimmy Vesey and Vlad Namestnikov, though the Rangers can?t simply unload a passel of high-minute forwards, dress a team of 22-and-unders, and expect the kids to flourish without significant veteran support in the room and on the ice. It is not about next year for Kreider. It is about the six or seven that will follow at what surely will be for the ballpark price of $6.75 million per, perhaps higher. Kreider is a Blueblood, one of a mere three remaining on the roster ? with Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal ? from the 2012 Black-and-Blueshirt playoff march to the conference finals. He is part of franchise lore, too, joining the team fresh off the BC campus following its NCAA Championship victory to record five goals in that tournament. He has been a leader through this transition period. https://nypost.com/2019/06/20/this-feels-like-the-end-for-chris-kreider-and-the-rangers/?utm_source=twitter_sitebuttons&utm_medium=site%20buttons&utm_campaign=site%20buttons 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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