It looks like Plan B for the Rangers, which means you should plan to see the team without Chris Kreider on the list after 3 p.m. Monday’s deadline for changes.
Plan A, as we reported for the first time on Friday, was to sign the free agent end pending a contract extension. But according to sources with knowledge of the conversations, the management and the party of Kreider, and ultimately, the player, they could not reach an agreement as of Sunday night.
In fact, the division within the term of the contract, with the Rangers offering six years and Kreider asking for the seven years that he will almost certainly have in the open market on July 1, remained an immovable obstacle that neither party could or could not. He wanted to hinder to make a deal. There was also a difference in money, since the Blueshirts believed they offered less than $ 7 million for.
So, except for Kreider, who is apparently on his last day as Ranger after almost eight years as a member of the organization, the Blueshirts will spend Monday reviewing commercial offers, not only for No. 20, but also for a cascading effect, for the end of the pending free agent Jesper Fast and maybe others on the university team.
That represents Plan B. If management could have reached an agreement with Kreider, the Rangers were prepared to stand firm and run. But removing that piece from the first six of the image changes the dynamics. The Rangers will not give away Fast, but they are likely to haggle the four-player if they can get a second round as part of the package in return.
The Blueshirts could also be prepared to listen if the teams visit Brady Skjei or Marc Staal, the latter, of course, with a non-movement clause that he would have to resign. Staal has one year with $ 5.7 million remaining in his contract. Since returning to the lineup on December 6 after an ankle surgery, Staal has been on the ice for 16 goals in 456: 40 of five-on-five hockey. Only nine defenders in the NHL have played at least 450 minutes of five against five in that period of time and have had fewer goals against the 33-year-old.
It is surprising that the contestants who need deep blue veterans have not flooded general manager Jeff Gorton with calls to number 18. Tampa Bay, anyone? Once again, however, Staal would have to give up his non-trade and the Blueshirts would have to agree to assume up to 50 percent of their salary (a total of $ 4.2 million next year) and the cap. It is a lot for one morning.
The Rangers expect businesses in Kreider to recover dramatically on Monday morning, and most stakeholders have lagged behind while New York management focused on a contract agreement. The Avalanches are interested and so are the Bruins, despite their acquisition of Ondrej Kase on Friday. St. Louis is created a bidder. Lightning may well be registered. It is believed that the Golden Knights are intrigued.
The islanders may have registered at some point, but there is essentially no chance that the Rangers will send Kreider through the East River while the teams are in a battle for a wild card spot and will meet Tuesday at the Colosseum. Unless, of course, Lou Lamoriello wanted to get rid of Mat Barzal.
President John Davidson, GM Gorton and the Rangers made a decision here, as did Kreider, and probably not the one he would have chosen in an ideal world. Of course, although under no obligation to do so, the B.C. Kid could change his mind and decide that less in New York is more. But save that, the Rangers will advance and make the best possible deal under the circumstances, hoping to achieve a package that yields results more in line with Rick Nash’s agreement with Boston than Ryan McDonagh-JT Miller’s agreement with Tampa Bay . Hopefully the Rangers face each other from a position of strength and refuse to allow interested parties to cover their three, four or five prospects. Kreider has the ability to help deliver a Stanley Cup to his new team. That team should be forced to pay for that opportunity.
The Rangers would have moved on with Kreider as part of the reconstruction. This was not an automatic recycling of a veteran. This was not an option to take a step back to try to take two or three steps forward two or three years later. Instead, management’s choice was not to serve seven years with a contract and Kreider’s choice was not to accept six.
So here comes Plan B.