Kreider Debuts Against Senators in Game 3

April 16, 2012

New York Rangers top prospect Chris Kreider made his NHL debut Monday night in the Rangers’ 1-0 victory over the Ottawa Senators in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference Quarterfinals matchup. The Rangers lead the series 2-1.

Kreider, who signed an entry-level contract with the Rangers last week just two days after winning his second National Championship at Boston College, played 11:11 and skated alongside Marian Gaborik and Brad Richards throughout the night in the absence of Carl Hagelin, who was handed a three-game suspension for his hit on Daniel Alfredsson in Game 2.

As expected, Kreider didn’t see much action late in the third period with the Rangers clinging to a 1-0 lead. Head coach John Tortorella said he wanted Kreider to watch the game from the bench to get a better view of the game. Kreider took it in stride.

When asked what he learned, Kreider said: “What it takes to win at this level. More than anything, how the guys have bought into this series. It’s a winning brand of hockey and I was able to see that from the bench.”

Kreider nearly had his first NHL goal in his first game. With a few seconds left in the second period, Kreider had a golden opportunity on the goalmouth but couldn’t get stick on the puck.

“I’m still thinking about it, I just missed it,” Kreider said. “I was so excited I just missed it.” Read the rest of this entry »


Rangers Sign Kreider

April 10, 2012

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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Report: Kreider to Sign With Rangers

April 9, 2012

Nothing official yet, but according to The Boston College Hockey BlogChris Kreider will forgo his final year at B.C. to sign with the New York Rangers.

Not sure how legitimate the post is or if there is any substance behind it, but that is what is being reported right now. As stated in an earlier post, it is really down to when over if Kreider signs with the Rangers.

There’s nothing left he can prove in college after he won his second National Title in three years at the school. Time for bigger and better things for the former first-round pick.

The question then comes down to whether the Rangers will insert him into the lineup against the Ottawa Senators or have him play the remainder of the season in Connecticut. Personally, I put him into the lineup on the fourth line and let him get his feet wet. Nothing better than having the kid have a handful of playoff games under his belt before he even dresses for a regular season game next season.

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Kreider Still Unsigned

April 9, 2012

Chris Kreider shined at Boston College for three years. Now, the Rangers hope their 2009 first-round pick can shine on Broadway.

Kreider’s collegiate season ended Saturday night when B.C. defeated Ferris State for their second national title in three years. The Rangers can sign him at any point.

But as of 7 pm Monday, Kreider has not signed on the dotted line. Attribute it to Kreider wanting a little break more than not wanting to play in New York. Several reports indicated a deal could happen as early as tonight, making Kreider eligible to attend practice tomorrow as the team readies itself for the Ottawa Senators in the first round of the playoffs.

I’m not sure where I stand on the Kreider situation. I think it would better suit him to head to Connecticut over jumping into the lineup and play in a system he knows little or nothing about in the playoffs. I do think this kid is going to be the real deal, so let him take the rest of the year in the AHL and save the one year on the entry level contract.

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