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NHL rumors: Latest Chris Kreider asking price before trade deadline revealed

NHL rumors: Latest Chris Kreider asking price before trade deadline revealed

Teams hoping to acquire New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider before Monday's NHL trade deadline need to be prepared to pay a hefty price.

NHL insider Bob McKenzie was on NBC Sports' "Our Line Starts" podcast Wednesday and gave an update on Kreider's situation in New York, including what it would cost to pry him from the Rangers.

"It's going to be a first-round pick, a prospect and some other piece," McKenzie said. "Some other piece could be a player, it could be a lower-level prospect, it might be a lower-level draft pick, and there might be a conditional pick in there, too, if you re-sign him."

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Which teams are interested in landing Kreider?

"I got to believe the Boston Bruins are interested in Kreider, I got to believe the Colorado Avalanche are interested," McKenzie said. "I believe the New York Islanders have interest. I don't know what kind of premium the New York Islanders would have to pay to get a deal done with the New York Rangers. I think it would have to be a lot, because if you're the Rangers, the notion of Kreider coming in as an Islander -- I don't know, I'm just not sure about that. The Washington Capitals, I believe, have shown some interest in Chris Kreider, and I think the St. Louis Blues have had interest, although general manager Doug Armstrong said after the Marco Scandella trade that it wouldn't surprise him if that was the last deal they made before the deadline."

TSN reported Tuesday that the Bruins and Avalanche have emerged as frontrunners for Kreider, which makes a lot of sense.

The Bruins need secondary scoring to compliment the Perfection Line, and Kreider is a proven goal scorer who plays a power forward-style of hockey. He's hit the 20-goal mark in five of the last six seasons, including 24 tallies for the Rangers this season. The Avalanche have been hit hard by injuries, and the latest casualty was top-six forward Mikko Rantanen.

Both the Bruins and Avalanche have a really good chance to win the Stanley Cup this season, so it would behoove these teams to make a hard push for Kreider before the deadline.

Boston, in particular, needs to make some sort of impactful move at the deadline. The Bruins' three main competitors in the Eastern Conference -- the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals -- all have made at least one trade over the last two weeks. It would be a really bad look, and just poor management, to not give this Bruins team -- which owns the league's best record -- the additional depth needed for another lengthy playoff run.

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NHL rumors: Could Chris Kreider reach extension with Rangers before trade deadline?

NHL rumors: Could Chris Kreider reach extension with Rangers before trade deadline?

All eyes will be on the New York Rangers as Monday's NHL trade deadline nears.

Rangers winger Chris Kreider is the top player rumored to be available, but there's no guarantee New York trades him. Kreider is in the prime of his career with a contract that expires at the end of this season. The Rangers have a couple options to consider. One is trading Kreider for a package of draft picks and players. Another is to keep him and risk losing a valuable player for nothing in July. A third is signing him to an extension.

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What are the chances of Kreider and the Rangers coming to terms on an extension? Here's what longtime Rangers reporter Larry Brooks of the New York Post wrote Sunday:

While contract talks are ongoing between management and the pending free-agent winger’s camp, it’s probably about 50-50 that Kreider and the Blueshirts will agree to a long-term contract over the next week in which the team plays Wednesday in Chicago, Friday in Carolina and Saturday at home against the Sharks, two days prior to the Feb. 24 deadline.

Later in Brooks' story, he writes, "It is believed that the Blueshirts would be willing to go six years, but perhaps not at as much as $7 million per."

TSN reported Tuesday the Bruins and Colorado Avalanche have emerged as frontrunners for a Kreider trade. He would be a huge addition for both teams.

The Bruins are in need of secondary scoring behind the Perfection Line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak. Kreider also is from Boxford, Mass., and played at Boston College for three seasons. The Avalanche are dealing with injuries to key players, including star forward Mikko Rantanen, who is expected to miss multiple weeks. Other teams including the defending champion St. Louis Blues reportedly have shown interest in Kreider.

There's more pressure on the Bruins to do something than the Avalanche. Several of Boston's top competitors in the Eastern Conference, including the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning, all made trades over the last two weeks to bolster their depth for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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NHL rumors: Bruins, Avalanche emerge as frontrunners for Chris Kreider trade

NHL rumors: Bruins, Avalanche emerge as frontrunners for Chris Kreider trade

New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider is going to be the most popular name in the rumor mill as the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline approaches, and the Boston Bruins are one team firmly in the mix.

"While the New York Rangers remain in negotiation to keep winger Chris Kreider, but the Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins appear to have emerged as frontrunners for his services on the trade market," TSN's Frank Seravalli reported Tuesday.

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The Bruins and Avs aren't the only teams that have shown interest in Kreider, though. Seravalli also noted, "The Blues and, to a lesser extent, the Florida Panthers and Washington Capitals, are all believed to have inquired about Kreider’s availability."

Here's what our Bruins insider Joe Haggerty reported in January:

But when they do become full-out sellers at some point in the second half of the season, big Rangers winger Chris Kreider will be the Bruins top option for a top-6 winger at the trade deadline, according to multiple hockey sources. 

The Bruins enter Tuesday with the league's best record but still have a very slim lead over the red-hot Tampa Bay Lightning in the Atlantic Division. The Lightning bolstered their scoring depth with the acquisition of forward Blake Coleman from the New Jersey Devils on Sunday. The Bruins would be wise to make a move(s) of their own to put themselves in the best possible position for what should be a very competitive Eastern Conference playoffs.

The primary need for the Bruins ahead of the trade deadline is secondary scoring. We know the Perfection Line of Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and 42-goal scorer David Pastrnak is likely to produce at a consistent level in the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, but the same can't be said for the other players and lines. 

Kreider certainly would address that secondary scoring need for Boston. He plays a power-forward style of hockey that would help him make a smooth transition to the Bruins lineup. He's tallied 42 points (23 goals, 19 assists) in 57 games for the Rangers this season. The Massachusetts native and former Boston College Eagles star also has hit the 20-goal mark in five of the last six seasons. 

The Bruins have nearly all of their future draft picks and several intriguing prospects to dangle on the trade market for a forward like Kreider. 

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