The tantalizing Rangers addition that means losing Ryan Strome in the long haul

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As the 2020 trade deadline approached, Rangers and their executive team of president John Davidson and general manager Jeff Gorton had a choice. While it wasn’t a literal proposition either, the reality of the salary cap made it such that the team would have to choose between Chris Kreider and Brady Skeezy.

Kreider, almost 29, and on one of his patent scoring streaks during the late winter as the Blueshirts were in the midst of an unexpected relegation in playoff contention, was a pending unrestricted free agent in need of a long-term extension. His deal was estimated to come with an annual average value of $6.5 million–$7 million.

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Skjei, approaching his 26th birthday and with a hard second season in a row, was nearing the end (and perhaps not coincidentally) of his second year of a six-year contract that would run until 2023-24 for an annual cap hit of $5.25 . One million.

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