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Should the NY Rangers keep Kreider?

The Rangers have been in player purgatory for the past few years. With Vigneault’s messy departure and member shakeups, the Blueshirts have maintained a steady slump. However, recent acquisitions in the draft have brought in young talent, favoring fresh blood over veteran team members. Chris Kreider, the team’s top winger, is the latest player at risk of leaving Broadway. With the way the team is going, is trading Kreider a good thing? 

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Kreider signed with the Rangers in 2012, spurring a stunning career that saw over 23 playoff goals in total. Larry Brooks of the New York Post argues the NY Rangers need Kreider now more than ever. For Brooks, Kreider is a necessity in terms of power play goals and speed. Although his leaving the team would free up cap space, it would also shake up a lot of foundational lines. Should he go elsewhere, the team’s overall strategy may fall into disarray. The Rangers already sacrificed promising prospects like Jimmy Vesey in favor of talented free agents, losing out on a potential heavy-hitter. Realistically, they could keep Kreider for a year before losing him to free agency. Testing him out for one more season would be prudent as opposed to dropping him cold turkey. 

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Kreider’s contract is weighing heavily on the Rangers’ current revamp. Their recent deal with Artemi Panarin was nothing short of a miracle, marketed as a first-round pick for competitors like the Islanders and Panthers. This move was similar to the trade of fan favorite Brassard for Zibanejad, a tactic that’s worked out incredibly well for the organization. Kreider’s $4.265 million this season would push the loss of key free agents already on the team. His age, too, remains a factor, as Number 20 is pushing 30. Already expressing a desire to play for the Blueshirts, Panarin is projected to be a good influence on some of the team’s younger members—mainly Buchnevich, Kakko, and Chytil—in terms of grooming them for future playoffs. Considering the fact the Blueshirts haven’t been involved in the battle for the Cup for quite some time now, strong playoff prospects are long overdue. 

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