BREAKING NEWS: Chris Kreider Re-Signs with the New York Rangers

New York Rangers, Chris Kreider
Dec 23, 2019; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) during the first period against the Philadelphia Flyers at Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

In a long-awaited move, the New York Rangers have announced that forward Chris Kreider has re-signed with the team in a seven-year contract at an AAV of 6.5 mIllion. Now the Rangers and their fans will wait to see what happens to the other Rangers who could be traded.

Chris Kreider is a long time New York Ranger

On April 10, 2012, Chris Kreider signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Rangers. He joined New York the following day for practice and was declared eligible to participate in the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.  Kreider made his NHL debut a few days later in a Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Quarter-finals on April 16, 2012, and scored his first career NHL goal in Game 6 of that series.

Before joining the Blueshirts, Kreider won two NCAA championships with Boston College. In addition, Kreider scored six goals for the gold medal-winning United States World Junior Championship team in 2010.  He was chosen to represent the United States once again at the 2011 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships and led the team with four goals in six games as Team USA won the bronze medal.

In all, Kreider has played in 520 games in New York, scoring 157 goals and 159 assists. This season he has 24 goals and 21 assists. Of course, it is many of the hockey intangibles that have endured him to the New York Rangers and their fans.

Who will be traded from the New York Rangers?

Versatile right-winger Jesper Fast seems to be the next on the list to be traded. Fast’s value may never be higher, considering his current cap hit and recent play. He netted two goals Saturday night in the Rangers victory over the San Jose Sharks.  In addition to Fast,  the Rangers pending free agents and possible trades are as follows: Alexandar Georgiev, Tony DeAngelo, Brendan Lemieux, Ryan Strome, Micheal Haley, and Greg McKegg. DeAngelo, Strome, and Lemieux are all restricted free agents, giving the Rangers some leverage in negotiations if they decide to keep them.