Chris Kreider is staying in New York.
Ahead of the NHL trade deadline on Monday, Rangers team president John Davidson announced a seven-year extension has been reached between both sides. According to TSN's Bob McKenzie, the deal is worth $6.5 million per year.
Trade rumors have been swirling around Kreider for weeks now, as the Rangers and his team couldn't find an agreement on an extension with the 28-year-old set to be a free agent after the season.
The most recent came last night from The Post's Larry Brooks, who reported it being "likely" the two sides wouldn't be together after the 3 p.m. deadline. TSN's Darren Dreger also said new contract hopes were "fading."
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Reports had the Rangers initially offering Kreider a six-year extension after the 28-year-old had asked for seven. They also offered less than $7 million, which Brooks said Kreider wasn't too happy about. However, if those numbers are true, Kreider settled with slightly less than $7 million for the extra year with the Blueshirts.
Before a deal was struck, teams like the Bruins, Blues, Golden Knights, and Avalanche were among the reported eight teams interested in a trade for Kreider.
Over his eight-year career thus far, Kreider has been a constant producer for the Rangers in 520 regular-season games. He has 157 goals and 159 assists for a total 316 points so far in his career, while tallying 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) this season. He is also a 12 plus-minus at the moment.