Time to decide if Kreider’s best use is as future star or trade chip

And now, a week away from the Feb. 29 trade deadline, Kreider’s name has begun to pop up with more frequency, though it is far more likely that is because he is a target for clubs seeking to do business with general manager Jeff Gorton than it is because the Rangers have made it known that the winger is available.

Kreider has value, and at this point perhaps most importantly to the Rangers as a playoff performer rather than as a trade chip. He first made his mark fresh off the Chestnut Hill campus at Boston College during the first round of the 2012 tournament, and has elevated his game each ensuing spring. Indeed, Kreider is one of 21 active players to have played in at least 60 postseason games while averaging 0.3 goals per (18 in 60).


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