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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