Kreider has a current cap hit of $2.475 million and will likely receive a significant bump "if he has the kind of season his potential points to." (North Jersey)
Kreider had arbitration rights last summer and struck his two-year deal with the Rangers shortly before his hearing was scheduled to take place.
Adam Rotter: This is a next summer problem but if Kreider starts to consistently deliver on his promise, I don't think the Rangers will have an issue locking him up long term. The problem will be if Kreider has another good but inconsistent season and playoffs where his stats would point to one number in arbitration and the Rangers would go with another.
That said, with the Rangers salary cap situation as is and what we saw from the Blackhawks and Brandan Saad, it's possible that Kreider could price himself off the Rangers.
Again, this is a problem for hopefully more than 100 games from now and if it ends up exactly replicating the Saad/Chicago situation, with the team trading the player only days after winning the Stanley Cup, it might be a nice, though annoying, situation to be in.