After a report Friday afternoon said that the Rangers made Chris Kreider their "priority" to extend ahead of Monday's 3 p.m. NHL trade deadline, they are now "likely" trading the 28-year-old left wing.
In what has been an eventful month between the Rangers and Kreider throughout the past few weeks leading up to the deadline, the two sides appear primed for a split.
The Rangers and Kreider's representatives were unable to agree on a contract extension as of Sunday evening, making the two sides head for a split, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported.
Earlier in the afternoon Sunday, Darren Dreger of TSN first reported that the Rangers' new contract hopes with Kreider were "fading."
Midway through his eighth year as a Ranger after they selected him with the 2009 NHL Entry Draft's No. 19 overall pick, New York is all Kreider has known. In 520 regular-season games, he has 316 career points on 157 goals and 159 assists.
If the Rangers and Kreider do in fact part ways with a trade before the deadline, the split will come after Brooks reported that the two sides could not find common ground on contract terms.
Brooks reported that the Rangers offered six years while Kreider asked for seven. The Rangers also offered fewer than $7 million and, according to Brooks, that was an issue for Kreider.
With the deadline fast approaching, the Rangers expect the market to heat up for Kreider, Brooks also reported. The Colorado Avalanche and Boston Bruins are noted by Brooks as the top two teams with interest.
While the Blues made Friday's trade with the Bruins, sending right wing Ondrej Kase to Boston, St. Louis remains interested as a "bidder" for Kreider. The Tampa Bay Lightning and Las Vegas Golden Knights are also listed by Brooks as Kreider suitors to keep an eye on.
Whether or not the Rangers ultimately trade Kreider remains to be seen, but the club could also listen in on calls for other players, Brooks reported. The Rangers are expected to spend Monday open to offers to right wing Jesper Fast, defenseman Brady Skjei and defenseman Marc Staal, according to Brooks.
With two days away from game action -- including Monday -- after Saturday's 3-2 win over the San Jose Sharks (26-32-4), the Rangers (33-24-4) return to the ice Tuesday at 7 p.m. against the Islanders (35-20-6) from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, New York.