BREAKING: Kreider, Strome, Andersson & Georgiev To Be Traded

The New York Rangers began the 2019-20 season with high expectations after adding Russian star, Artemi Panarin, and drafting Kaapo Kakko 2nd overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. However, we are just under 2 months away from the NHL trade deadline and the Rangers are on the outside looking in.

It is reported that the Rangers will not only be looking to move Chris Kreider and Lias Andersson (as previously reported), but  RFA's, Ryan Strome and Alexandar Georgiev as well.

Chris Kreider is a UFA who is unlikely to sign a contract extension with the Rangers. Jeff Gorton has already suggested that retaining assets in a trade is more likely than losing Kreider without compensation. In addition, it is no secret that Lias Andersson has been suspended for walking out on the Hartford Wolf Pack, and shortly after demanding a trade. This move is likely to be done sooner rather than later.

Alexandar Georgiev is an RFA at the end of this season. Although he has been reliable with his 0.915 SV%, the Rangers are expecting their star goalie prospect, Igor Shestyorkin to be NHL ready at any time. It would not be feasible for the Rangers to carry 3 goaltenders, and moving Georgiev will generate a significant return.

Jim Parsons article titled "Rangers to Start Selling Assets" in "The Hockey Writers" wrote:
"Added to Andersson's name will be Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome, and goaltender Alexandar Georgiev as trade chips".
RFA Ryan Strome is certainly going expect to sign for both a longer term and more money, which the Rangers are not likely to grant. Moving him will prove to be worthwhile as they may look to rebuild around their new star.

"The New York Post" NHL author, Brett Cyrgalis, wrote on December 26th, 2019:
"With attractive trade chips in Chris Kreider, Ryan Strome and goalie Alexandar Georgiev, who knows that the roster will look like on the other side of the deadline".
It seems that the Rangers' playoff hopes remain hopeful for the time being, but they are still preparing for the more and more likely possibility that they will be having an early summer.

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