You will know what Rangers management thinks about choosing Chris Kreider over the reconstruction schedule.
Because if President John Davidson and General Manager Jeff Gorton think the blueshirts can be legitimate playoff candidates (or more) in a volatile NHL within the next two or three years, trading in chalk would be instead of number 20 to sign for an extension don't work. & # 39; It doesn't make the slightest sense.
Because there is nothing the Rangers could get in return for Kreider, which would make them a better team in the next one, two or three seasons.
On the other hand, the front office believes that the future will only arrive in four or five more seasons. Then they could offer Kreider until February 24 in return for a new prospect and a new election draft.
On the other hand, this means that the decision lies with the management, if it could just as well be with Kreider, who will be just under five months away from coming to the free market as a free agent on the reporting date.
I have the puzzle on the management side. Kreider, who was explosive in Garden's impressive 5-3 win over Maple Leafs on Wednesday, will turn 29 at the end of April. A six or seven year contract may not be optimal. And an estimated ceiling of $ 6.5 to $ 7 million a year is not easy to achieve.
And yes, there are too many nights when “Did. You. See. Chris. “Ends with a question mark.
What I don't understand at all is the management's failure to communicate with Kreider's party about what the organization might think. I don't understand the lack of factual conversations between the pages. And I don't think we have to wait until this late date to discuss numbers and open negotiations.
And that: who in the world is concerned about what could happen in six years if the Rangers miss the playoffs for the third time in a row? The Rangers were probably not too worried about what Jacob Trouba would look like in six years when they signed the defender on a $ 56 million seven-year deal after taking over the 25-year-old from Winnipeg in June.
Maybe Kreider could get some kind of hometown discount last summer. Probably not, since nobody asked Trouba and Artemi Panarin to do one for the team. But it might have been worth starting the dialogue.
There is a reason why Kreider is at the top of every applicant's wish list when the deadline has passed. His size. His speed. His ability to disrupt the game, his conscientious work in tracking. His ability to score. That adds up to more than one reason.
But his attributes make him the most valuable to the Rangers, which was won by the game of Igor Shesterkin, the best goalkeeper in the world, and the dynamic game of Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich, who made up three of them Goals one by one. Oh, and perhaps the best player on the ice through the work of Adam Fox.
Kreider missed the 5-0 loss to the stars on Monday after being hit in the head by Zibanejad in Detroit on Saturday. There were no after effects last night, no pulling on the burners, # 20 evaporated on the left wing before beating Michael Hutchinson backhand to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead at 5:24 p.m. in the first half Zibanejad managed to score from the circle six seconds after winning the game in the left circle.
Lightning strikes again and again.
"We are at home, we have the game, [the Leafs] We kept the line we were against and stayed the same, ”said Kreider of the Zach Hyman-Auston Matthews-Mitch Marner unit from Toronto. "Nothing more than that."
You won't get much exaggeration from Kreider. And the Rangers will not come close to the same value in a trade. A late starter and a perspective? Not even close.
It's two days before The Letter's two-year anniversary when management announced to its fan base that after a solid decade of struggle, the organization would change direction and rebuild. The course correction was justified.
However, it's time to step back, hoping to take two steps forward three, four, or five years later. The time has come. It's time to keep chalkers now.
If so, the Rangers can.
Maybe you want to find out.
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