Listen, there's a good chance that the 1-3 loss to the Bruins on Sunday marked Chris Kreider's last appearance in the garden as a ranger.
While the contract negotiations between management and the upcoming free agent winger camp are ongoing, Kreider and the blueshirts are likely to sign a long-term contract the next week the team plays in Chicago on Friday on Friday and Carolina at home on Saturday against the sharks, two days before February 24th.
If Kreider's situation remains unsolved until the 22nd, he would be an almost certain bubble wrap scratch for the game against San Jose. If you haven't seen Chris in this game against B, you may not have another chance to see him wearing this number 20.
"It doesn't affect my focus or my game," Kreider told The Post, who recorded four shots in eight attempts in 20:21. "It wasn't a distraction. That's why I have an agent. "
The agent's name is Matt Keator. He and General Manager Jeff Gorton have had a dialogue for about a week. However, it is not clear whether the parties are making progress towards reaching a long-term agreement that Kreider would hold in New York. It is not clear whether offers and counter-offers were exchanged or whether the pages talk about concepts.
The Rangers want Kreider to keep Mika Zibanejad's left here. The priority is not to turn one of their key players into a perspective and late selection for the first round. But that doesn't mean that Gorton Kreider, who turns 29 on April 30, is likely to make an offer of seven years. The blueshirts are believed to be ready to go for six years, but maybe not as much as $ 7 million each.
Now Kreider will almost certainly be able to earn more on his next deal when he hits the free market on July 1st. Anders Lee, 29, when he became a free agent last year, received $ 49 million over seven years to stay an islander. The question is whether Kreider will receive offers from teams that have the chance to fight for a championship and / or are in cities where he wants to live the next seven years of his life.
If the Rangers arrive for $ 6.85 million per – my numbers – after six years, that would be enough for Kreider, who first qualified for the blueshirts in game 3 of the first round of the 2012 playoffs and the third high-ranking member of the Clubs is behind Henrik Lundqvist and Marc Staal?
Would Kreider get a discount for their hometown in New York if management certainly wouldn't have asked Artemi Panarin or Jacob Trouba to make a concession when they joined the organization last summer?
Would it be a principle or a principle if Kreider declined a six-year offer of just under $ 42 million? But first the rangers would have to make this offer. In addition, negotiations are held on no-move and no-trade clauses. Remember that pending free agent Ryan Callahan was traded to Tampa Bay on the 2014 reporting date, as the captain would not sign an extension without the no-move clause, which General Manager Glen Sather was unable to obtain at the time.
If Kreider accepted less to stay on Broadway, he would surely need a guarantee that he wouldn't be playing in another city in three or four years. The player needs this type of protection. It is unclear whether he could get it from management.
Kreider's attributes are obvious to everyone. This includes the people in the front office of the Rangers and the scouts who have come into the garden in the past few weeks. His presence makes the Rangers a far more impressive team and will do so for years. It is a real top power wing that scores between 24 and 30 goals and is a force in the playoffs.
One of the scouts in the building on Sunday was Rick Nash, the special assistant to Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen. The jackets could certainly use chalks on the left side of the first line. You could use it for the power game. You could see a reunion between Kreider and his first professional coach, John Tortorella. Let's just say there would be no adjustment period.
And Columbus has more to offer than just the typical pick-and-prospect package. In fact, the jackets have Josh Anderson, the 25-year-old power winger who has been out because of a shoulder injury since December 14 and has a pending RFA a year before his unrestricted free hand.
If the Rangers cannot sign Kreider / if Kreider cannot sign the Rangers, at least the 6-foot-3-Anderson with reasonable inclination is a reasonable facsimile. That would be a start if this is the end for Kreider.