Asking price for Chris Kreider and potential teams that might be interested
Rick Carpiniello of The Athletic: New York Rangers pending UFA Chris Kreider is looking for a seven-year deal at around $7 million per season.
The Rangers asking trade price for Kreider has to be a first-round pick, or multiple conditional second-round picks, or legit young players or prospects. The Rangers are fairly deep with their prospects on the blue line and in net, so they’ll be looking for forwards and/or picks.
Potential teams that could be interested in, or could use Kreider, include the New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, St. Louis Blues, Colorado Avalanche.
To a lesser extent, the Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, and the Washington Capitals.
Duncan Keith holds the power with this no-movement clause
“For sure, it would be something I’d exercise,” he told The Athletic on Friday. “I have that control. I have the ability to do that.”
Would he consider moving on to a contender if approached by GM Stan Bowman?
The Blackhawks are still in the playoff hunt but it hasn’t stopped Keith’s name from coming up in the trade speculation. Keith would be a good fit for the Florida Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Edmonton Oilers, and Carolina Hurricanes.
Keith may be their best trade chip for adding picks and prospects, but it’s unlikely that he’s going anywhere.
“Put it this way,” he said. “I want to be here. I want to win a Cup, though. I’ve already won one, I like it here in Chicago, and I don’t want to go anywhere.”
Keith said that nobody has asked him this year about waiving his NMC, and despite reports, nobody asked him last year.