The New York Islanders need to add goal scoring and it looks like they have serious interest in New York Rangers forward Chris Kreider. Good luck, right?
If it were up to Lou Lamoriello it would. It seems that the Islanders GM has a serious interest in adding winger Chris Kreider in the trade deadline. He knows there’s a trade barrier between both New York teams and he clearly just doesn’t care.
Kreider would be a good addition to the roster for sure, but you have to think that the likelihood of Kreider being traded to the Isles is low. Even though other divisional rivals make trades all the time.
According to The Fourth Period’s David Pagnotta, the Islanders have “serious interest” in adding Chris Kreider to the roster.
It’s easy to see why they want Kreider. He’s a big winger that competes hard (much to the chagrin of goalies league-wide) and scores 20+ goals a year. Since being drafted 19th overall in 2009, Kreider has scored 20+ goals five times, including this year where he has 23 goals in 57 games.
We see other divisional rivals make trades. The Kings traded Tyler Toffoli to the Vancouver Canucks on Monday. The Islanders and Devils just made one with the Islanders picking up the Devils captain Andy Greene for a second (in 2021) and David Quenneville.
But when it comes to the Rangers and Islanders it’s different. Being in the same city just stops cooperation. This isn’t necessarily unique. The Ducks and Kings have only made two trades in their history.
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You’d have to think if this deal gets done it’s going to have to be a big one. The Islanders will have to not only pay an inflated cost due to Kreider being the top name in the market, but they’ll have to add a divisional rival inflater to that cost.
I don’t want want to speculate as to what that cost might be, but if you thought that a second in 2021 and Quenneville was a lot for Greene then a Kreider trade is going to knock the wind out of you.