Rangers Sign Kreider

The waiting game is over.

The New York Rangers today announced it came to terms with 2009 first-round pick Chris Kreider on an entry-level deal. According to the NY Post, the deal is worth $1.3 million per year.

Although the deal is for three years, the first year will be burned due to Kreider joining the team immediately. He is expected to be at practice tomorrow as the Rangers prepare for their opening round matchup against the Ottawa Senators.

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound forward shined at Boston College where he won two National Championships in three years. He finished his junior season with 23 goals and 45 points in 43 games, as well as had success in World Championship tournaments.

He’s finally signed, but now what do they do with him. Personally, I’d like to see him in the lineup by Game 2 Saturday. Sure he doesn’t know the system, but let him play Mats Zuccarello-type minutes; four or five minutes at 5-on-5 on the fourth line, and some time on the powerplay. The kid is a dynamic play maker who knows how to win. If anything, he’s an upgrade over John Mitchell who has been invisible over the last two months.

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6 Responses to Rangers Sign Kreider

  1. Patrick L. says:

    Would you really want this young guy in the mix???? Dude this Rangers team is no number 8 seed team looking for the future. The time is NOW!

    • Matt Calamia says:

      Thanks for the comment. As for adding him to the lineup, yes I would. I’d use him the way Torts used MZA. 4-5 minutes even strength and use him on the PP, which is still dreadful. I don’t think playing him would hurt his development, nor dressing him over John Mitchell would hurt the team. It probably won’t happen, but I’d be in favor of it.

  2. Patrick L. says:

    AT LEAST JOHN MITCHELL HAS NHL EXPERIENCE. I RESPECT YOUR DECISION AND MAYBE IN YEARS PAST I WOULD DO THIS, BUT THIS A YEAR THE RANGERS MAY TAKE IT ALL AND AS WITNESSED BY THE FIRST GAMES ONE GOAL MAY BE ALL IT TAKES. HECK EVEN TORTS LAST NIGHT DIDN’T EVEN TAKE A CHANCE ON THE PP WITH HAVING A FORWARD AT THE POINT, OPTING FOR A REGULAR DEFENSEMAN. IN ANY EVENT-GO RANGERS

    • Matt Calamia says:

      I see what you mean, but did John Mitchell make an impact last night? Would the Rangers not have won 4-2 if John Mitchell wasn’t in the lineup? The powerplay didn’t do much of anything, and you never know what a player with the skill of Kreider could bring with the man advantage.

  3. Patrick L. says:

    LIKE YOUR STEADFASTNESS. LETS AGREE TO DISAGREE ON THIS ONE. I LIKE OUR CHANCES. THE TUMBLE DOWN THE STRETCH COST US THE PRESIDENTS TROPHY. I HATED THAT. GAME TWO WILL BE A GOOD BAROMETER. IF THEY WIN THAT ONE THEN I’LL KNOW THE RANGERS ARE GOING TO BE FOR REAL. EVERYONE SAID THAT NO ONE WANTED TO MEET THE SENS IN THE FIRST ROUND. HOPEFULLY THAT LOSS BY THE PENS WAS CRIPPLING FOR THEM.MY FEAR IN THE EASTERN CONFERNECE WERE THE PENS. THEY LOOK SO GOOD. TAKE CARE AND GO RANGERS!!

    • Matt Calamia says:

      I couldn’t agree more. Last night’s win set the tone and showed why the Rangers are the No. 1 seed. If they play that game, they’ll be fine.

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