The Boston Bruins are among several clubs that are keeping their eyes on the New York Rangers progress with potential unrestricted free agent winger Chris Kreider. Sportsnet reporter Elliot Friedman reported the Bruins trade interest during the Hockey Night in Canada Headlines segment.
Friedman reported many top teams want Krieder and have contacted New York. However, New York GM Jeff Gorton has not made a decision if they will make Kreider available or continue trying to re-sign the 28-year-old left-winger who has 24 points including 13 goals this season.
Kreider, 28, has been one of the underrated power forwards in the NHL for several years. In 497 career games, Kreider has 144 goals and 294 points. Last season, Kreider tied his career-high with 28 goals.
“All of the contenders, from Colorado to Boston, to St. Louis, to Pittsburgh, are all believed to be interested,” Friedman said.
Bruins GM Don Sweeney has been linked to a few wingers this season. However, Sweeney has not yet pulled the trigger on a Bruins trade and he will have stiff competition for Kreider.
Last season, New York traded long-time Rangers Mats Zuccarello and Kevin Hayes at the trade deadline. Kreider could be the third New York stalwart who was with the team on their Eastern Conference championship to get a new address
“(Kreider) likes being a Ranger. Teams don’t believe–right now–the Rangers have made him available, but they’re waiting to see if the Rangers decide they can’t keep him. And if the Rangers want to trade him, there is a ton of interest,” Friedman said.
On Thursday, our sister site Pittsburgh Hockey Now included Kreider on the Trade Deadline Rental Wingers Watch List with a full scouting report.