Chris Kreider and New York agree to a seven-year contract extension
Earlier today, it was announced that the Rangers and star Forward Chris Kreider agreed to a contract extension that will keep him in New York for the next seven years. The 28-year old was considered to be one of the top targets of the NHL Trade deadline which ends today. The contract is reportedly worth $45.5 million.
The Massachusetts native was selected by the Rangers with the 19th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Draft. He spent three years developing at the amateur level at Boston College where he won two NCA Championships. He was later called up to the Rangers in 2012 on a three-year entry level contract. He has spent his entire eight year career with the Rangers in New York.
Through the 2019-2020 season, Kreider has recorded 24 goals and 21 assists. ESPN is reporting that he is on pace to set career-high in both of those categories. Kreider would have become an Unrestricted Free Agent on July 1st this off-season had he not signed an extension.
The Rangers are currently 33-24-4 on the season. They are just four points behind the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Carolina Hurricanes for a spot in the Eastern Conference Wild Card race.