KREIDER UNWORRIED OVER HIS FUTURE

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  • Noting the Rangers’ video tribute and ovation for former Blueshirt Mats Zuccarello last night, Larry Brooks from the NY Post wonders if Chris Kreider will be in a similar situation next season.
  • The 28-year-old winger is slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
  • Kreider said he remains unworried about his future, focusing instead on the present.

“Not for one instant,” Kreider told The Post following the Blueshirts’ 3-2 overtime victory in which he had scored the tying goal at 17:10 of the third period. “I don’t think about my contract status. Not at all. I’m serious.

“I’ve been around long enough to understand that there is a hockey component to this and there is a business component to this and there is no value in combining them. I understand the interest and the question, but I don’t think it’s useful to talk about it.”

  • Brooks observes there are salary-cap issues ahead for the Rangers, wondering how much the club would be willing to invest in Kreider.
  • Both sides have kept mum over the winger’s contract status.
  • The Rangers will shop Kreider if they’re out of playoff contention leading up to the Feb. 24 trade deadline.
  • Kreider’s asking price could be over $6 million annually on a long-term deal.
  • Cap Friendly indicates they have over $65 million invested in 14 players for 2020-21, with restricted free agents Ryan Strome, Tony DeAngelo, and Brendan Lemieux in line for big raises.
  • There won’t be enough room for Kreider.

Sources & Credits: Larry Brooks, NY Post, Spectors Hockey
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