February 21, 2019 | 9:58am ET
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INTEREST IN KREIDER PICKING UP

 
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Chris Kreider, left wing

 

The New York Rangers have received plenty of interest in a number of their players, including pending free agents Adam McQuaid, Kevin Hayes and Mats Zuccarello, but winger Chris Kreider is also on a lot of teams’ radars.

TFP has learned the Rangers have been engaged in “serious” trade talks involving Kreider, according to multiple league sources, but the asking price is considered significant.

The Boston Bruins and Carolina Hurricanes are among the teams eyeing Kreider, who has one-year left on his contract after this season and comes with a $4.625 million salary cap hit. He also owns an 11-team no-trade list, and currently sits at No.16 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.

According to the New York Post, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators are also interested in Kreider.

Teams have inquired about Kreider’s services for the last couple of seasons, but the Rangers have held firm. While they’re exploring their options now, sources say, it would take a hefty package to convince Rangers GM Jeff Gorton to pull the trigger.

The Bruins and Rangers have had ongoing discussions, which are expected to continue through Monday’s 3pm ET trade deadline, but a deal is not yet believed to be imminent.

Kreider, 27, has registered 24 goals and 21 assists for 45 points in 58 games with the Rangers so far this season.