Only a few days remain before the 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline passes this coming Monday, and the Rangers' mindset regarding their current roster is a little foggy. In recent seasons, players like Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes were moved, but the same can't be said now for New York.
One player in particular that has garnered tons of trade interest is Chris Kreider. The 28-year-old is a free agent after this season, and TSN's Pierre LeBrun has reported that eight teams had Kreider on their trade list. But, unlike the players mentioned before, the Rangers are open to contract extension talks with the veteran winger.
And, according to The Athletic's Rick Carpiniello, the team is still discussing a new contract with Kreider's agent, Matt Keator. To what extent those talks have gone is still unknown.
Time is ticking, though, and Rangers GM Jeff Gorton would certainly want some compensation for Kreider instead of letting him walk into free agency without a new deal struck.
He was the 19th overall pick by the Rangers back in the 2009 NHL Draft, and his eight seasons with New York have been solid. He has totaled 316 points (157 goals, 159 assists) in 518 games played. But this season he is on pace to set a career high in points, as he already has 45 (24 goals, 21 assists). It's the reason why so many playoff contenders want him.
Still in his prime, though, the Rangers would love to keep the veteran around the young players the team hopes to develop into someone like Kreider.