Mika Zibanejad’s five-goal masterpiece last week represented the high point of the New York Rangers’ season, a breathtaking performance by one of the Blueshirts’ stars which delivered a key victory in an unexpected 2019-20 playoff push. While Zibanejad’s effort highlighted all that’s right with the Rangers going forward, it also perfectly epitomized the club’s 2019-20
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news on the asking price from the New York Rangers for Chris Kreider, reasons why the Winnipeg Jets haven’t terminated Dustin Byfuglien’s contract yet, and speculation there’s a team keenly interested in Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry. Finally, are the Golden Knights looking to do more after adding
We are less than a week away from the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline and rumors are flying around like a Russian gymnast on speed. Probably the most sought after player in this year’s group of trade rumors is New York Rangers’ left wing Chris Kreider. He is in the final year of his contract
It is a sellers’ market and the prices are steep. That is evident, based on the deals to date. Teams wanting to upgrade ahead of Monday’s NHL trade deadline are going to pay a premium, especially for players with term. See Blake Coleman. Even the rentals — from top-six wingers like Tyler Toffoli to bottom-pairing
Rangers and Kreider’s camp talking … The Blue Jackets scouted the Rangers yesterday Pierre LeBrun: “Sense is Kreider contract talks haven’t produced a path yet… Still very much in play trade-wise. But I would also say normally in these situations each side would show their true hand about 2-3 days before the deadline contract-wise.” Larry
In today’s NHL rumor rundown, there is news that Connor McDavid might be back sooner than expected. In New Jersey, after making two big trades, is the market now set and will the Devils make more trades? Are the San Jose Sharks targeting cap-strapped teams? Finally, where are the New York Rangers and Chris Kreider
Rumor roundup involving the Sharks, Devils, Wild, Canadiens, Panthers, Senators, and the Rangers Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun: The San Jose Sharks season is a writeoff and the “For Sale” sign is up. Defenseman Brenden Dillon is expected to be traded and there will be teams keeping an eye on Joe Thornton. Thornton carries
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
No contract extension talks for Gustafsson Ben Pope of the Chicago Sun-Times: The 28-year old Erik Gustafsson isn’t sure if he’ll be with the Chicago Blackhawks after the February 24th NHL trade deadline. “What happens, happens,” Gustafsson said Tuesday. “If I get traded or stay here, it’s something I have to deal with. But I
If the Rangers are able to extend Chris Kreider, other moves may need to happen TSN: Bob McKenzie said last night that there have been some contract extension talks between the New York Rangers and pending UFA forward Chris Kreider. There is some optimism that a deal could be worked out, but it might mean
Is Josh Anderson a case of buyer beware? Conor Ryan of Boston Sports Journal: While Anderson dishes out much punishment, his scoring this season has evaporated. He tallied just one goal and four points in 26 games before an injury occurred. Anderson remains out since mid-December. While he expects to return soon, one must wonder
With the NHL’s Feb. 24 trade deadline less than two weeks away, all eyes are on the New York Rangers. The rebuilding Blueshirts’ playoff hopes are fading. With 58 points in 54 games, they’re nine points out of the final Eastern Conference wild-card berth. Barring a strong surge over the remainder of the schedule, and
Team watching the Kings … Rangers and Kreider to talk … No talks for Pageau Sportsnet: Teams are keeping an eye on the Los Angeles Kings who are going to be sellers ahead of the NHL trade deadline. At the Kings-Devils game: “There are three scouts there from each of the Winnipeg Jets and also
Top Priority for the Oilers Ryan Rishaug: Have to believe the top priority for the Edmonton Oilers heading into the trade deadline still has to be a third-line center. Ottawa Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau would be a great fit for the Oilers but is not sure they’ll want to give up their first-round pick for him.
With the NHL’s Feb. 24th NHL trade deadline less than three weeks away, only a handful of clubs can be considered sellers. That includes those mired at the bottom of the standings, such as the Anaheim Ducks, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, and San Jose Sharks. That number could
Trade deadline notes on the Blackhawks, Penguins, rentals, Senators, and Rangers Emily Kaplan of ESPN: If the Chicago Blackhawks are in a good position at the trade deadline, don’t expect them to do much. GM Stan Bowman would likely hold onto both Robin Lehner and Corey Crawford. Bowman could listen to offers on Erik Gustafsson.
The Stars could use some scoring help Mike Heika of NHL.com: (mailbag) The Dallas Stars could look at adding some offense at the NHL trade deadline. Though the prices would be the highest, three options could be Tyler Toffoli (UFA), Chris Kreider (UFA), and Brandon Saad (one-year left). The Stars don’t have a lot of
Teams may not be willing to move first-round picks for rentals Pierre LeBrun of The Athletic: More teams are looking at a make the playoffs for longer-run as opposed to trying to go “all-in” for two or three years – wanting to hold on to picks and high prospects instead of trying to win now.