Official team announcement on the Kreider signing


From the NYR:


New York, April 10, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with forward Chris Kreider.

Kreider, 20, was selected by the Rangers in the first round, 19th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.  On Saturday, he captured his second NCAA Championship in three seasons with Boston College, registering three goals and an assist in four tournament contests.  He notched both Boston College goals in a 2-0 victory against Air Force in their first round matchup on March 24, and tallied a goal and an assist in a 6-1 win over Minnesota in their National Semifinal game on Thursday.  Kreider led all skaters with six shots in the National Championship game, a 4-1 win against Ferris State.

The 6-3, 230-pounder established collegiate career highs in games played (44), goals (23), assists (22), points (45), and penalty minutes (66) this season.  Kreider led Boston College in goals, points and shots (139), tied for first in penalty minutes and ranked fourth in assists.  He helped the Eagles capture its third consecutive Beanpot and Hockey East Tournament titles.  He registered one goal and one assist, along with 14 shots in two games at the Beanpot, while tallying four assists and 12 shots in four games during the Hockey East Tournament.

The Boxford, Massachusetts native skated in 114 games over three seasons with Boston College of Hockey East, registering 49 goals and 43 assists for 92 points, along with 129 penalty minutes and 364 shots.  Kreider was named MVP of the 2011 Beanpot Tournament, tallying two goals and one assist in the title game en route to capturing his second Beanpot Championship with Boston College.  In 2009-10, he became the first hockey player to win a World Junior Championship gold medal, Collegiate Conference Playoff Championship and NCAA Championship in a single season.  Kreider helped the Eagles capture its fourth NCAA National Championship, recording a goal in the Championship Game against Wisconsin and finishing the tournament with two points (one goal, one assist).  That season, he was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, ranking second among conference Freshmen in goals (15) and tied for ninth in points (23).

Internationally, Kreider has represented the United States in several tournaments, including at the 2010 and 2011 IIHF World Championship.  He registered a goal and an assist, and posted a plus-three rating in six games at the 2010 World Championship.  In 2011, he tied for second on Team USA in goals (two) and fifth in points (three) while skating in seven games at the World Championship.  Kreider is also a two-time medalist with the United States Under-20 Team.  He led Team USA and ranked third in the tournament with six goals, including a hat trick in a first round matchup against Latvia, en route to capturing the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship.  Kreider also led the United States and tied for fifth and first in the tournament, respectively, in goals (four) and power play goals (three), tied for first in points (six) and second in shots (20) while capturing a bronze medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship.

Kreider entered the 2009 NHL Entry Draft rated 14th among all North American skaters in the Central Scouting final rankings, and as the highest ranked high school player, after ranking sixth among all high school players in point per game average (2.15).  He led Andover-Phillips Academy (HS-MA) and established career highs in goals (33), assists (23) and points (56) in 26 games.

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  1. Re-post:
    Carp April 10th, 2012 at 6:41 pm e

    Czech, big flaw in your point: Tortorella completely, entirely, and wholeheartedly disagrees with your assessment of Mitchell and Rupp.

  2. Czech:

    The biggest argument against the whole “team that got us there” nonsense is/was Mats Zuccarello. He wasn’t a guy who figured into their planning, came up late in the season and would be dressing Thursday night if he didn’t break his hand.

  3. Sioux-per-man on

    Kreider signs.

    He wins every where he goes.

    Watch his name will be on the Stanley Cup at the end of the Year.

    How crazy is that. NCAA Championship and a Stanley Cup Champion in the SAME year.

    Carp – Has that ever been done before?

  4. “He led Team USA and ranked third in the tournament with six goals, including a hat trick in a first round matchup against Latvia, en route to capturing the gold medal at the 2010 World Junior Championship.”

    Ummm yeah, that’s true. But, he was tied with Stepan for the team lead. And, Stepan was his set up man….Prust sayin’!

  5. While I think he might be a liability 5 on 5, if Torts is going to play his 4th liners, they might as well dress him and only play him on the PP or on a rare 5 on 5 shift.

    He can help on the PP right this second, that’s for sure. Maybe not the first unit but he is absolutely a better option the 2nd unit…

  6. Question

    Since he’s not likely to play a playoff game this year, why sign him now and burn a year on his entry level contract? I can only think of two possible reasons: 1) Not burning a year will make him more likely to want to play college for another year, or 2) he will become a free agent/re-enter the draft if they don’t sign him sometime this year (so they might as well do it before the playoffs begin).

  7. Put me in the camp that thinks the only way he sees NHL ice this season is if someone breaks something or we are way behind in a series….

    Remember when Korpedo made his debut in the playoffs with a goal?

  8. Sioux-per-man on

    It’s all good news. Anything that can help this team win this year, is a a good thing.

    WOW …. just thinking if Sather can get Parise for next year.

    Let’s win the Cup this year.

    Good night all, time to check out for the day.

  9. I don’t read the comments regularly.

    Would someone please fill me in, even if it’s been beaten to death already?

    Do they just really really like him so bringing him on the team for the 2% chance he plays the playoffs worth the “lost” year?

  10. Carp, finally figured out what you mean by new post, lol. Anyway, I think Kreider can bring more to the table then let’s say Mitchell with limited ice time, barring any major mental mistakes. His size and speed can create issues for opposing teams. I say we’ll see him at some point during the Ottawa series, especially if the Rangers jump out to an early 2-0 lead in the series.

  11. Doodie

    From the last thread, I understand it wasn’t your research or necessarily even why you brought it up (though you are in the bulging “Senators are a nightmare matchup” camp, right?), but the way that 77% was presented (presumably for dopey Caps fans) was almost as if it was saying there was a 77% likelihood of _every_ team that won a season series winning the playoff series.

    That won’t be anywhere near the case, since I’m guessing the majority of that 77% will be made of teams who were higher ranked overall anyway.

  12. Carp, btw, I had no clue you were the person who wrote the article, haha. And no, I dont think you are making stuff up either.

  13. that’s cool. just understand, too, that I’ve had a bunch of jackwagons here suggesting I don’t do my job very well whenever I try to explain something that I know is true (such as the organization, at this point, not planning to use Kreider in the playoffs, though that could change).

    and so I’ve become a little sensitive where people questioning my reporting is concerned.

  14. Finally found it, dammit. LB helped too. OK, Carp is right. He burns one year of his ELC by signing without having to play any games. The explanation in the bi-laws, not CBA. It has to do with his playoff eligibility. The Rangers made sure on the trade deadline day to keep him on reserve list as a bona fide drafted, but not signed college player. That way he remained playoff eligible without being under contract. Once he signed, and the Rangers are in the playoffs, him being playoff eligible burns first year of his ELC. If they didn’t make playoffs, he’d have to play at least one regular season game to start his ELC.

  15. Carp, I totally understand. I frequent unrelated forums and I know how the Internet public can be. In defense f your argument, I do see some logic in burning 1 year of his ELC. If they didn’t burn this year it is possible that Kreider has a breakout year in this third full season with the Rangers, driving to resigning price up. I’m Callahan would be getting another million a year or so if he had to be resigned after this season.

  16. I know what you meant, Carp….Try to read the byfuglien bi-laws…Jeez, if I decided to be a lawyer, I’d quit in 2 weeks.

    LB sent me a direct message via twitter:”By signing” LOL. I’m going to frame my iPhone now…

  17. Joe, just so you fully understand, this is the best blog on the planet, so you don’t need to go anywhere else. :)

    seriously, that was the whole idea. give the kid incentive to sign right away. now they have him, it remains a possibility (longshot) that he helps in the playoffs, and they get a good look at him in practices, over the summer, in conditioning camps, etc., and the entire training camp.

    he can become an RFA a year earlier. Not a big deal.

  18. “..him being playoff eligible burns first year of his ELC…”

    It’s almost like an expensive insurance policy…

    We have the insurance of Kreider just in case a key player gets hurt in the playoffs and we need someone with size who can score….

    The price? A year of his entry level contract…

  19. want me to get that autographed for you, ilb? I know you’re a closet LB fan. Hey,wait … ilb … LB … are you the same guy?

  20. Joe- I do not think they are worried about him becoming RFA one year earlier at all. For one, he will not be arbitration eligible yet, so his leverage won’t be similar to Callahan’s. I think they are more worried about having an insurance this year against unexpected injuries….


  22. I’m digging this place so far. Despite a slight misunderstanding with Carp, and I can’t overstate enough that it was truly a misunderstanding, the crowd here seems great.

    Carp, why do ou think the Sens matchup is horrible. I know they were 3-1 in reg season against us, but that doest reall bother me too much

  23. No, Joe, I’m just making fun of some of the nervous nellies who think the Senators are a bad matchup. I don’t agree with them. I think Florida would have been easier, but not Washington, and certainly not Philly or Pittsburgh.

    and I completely understand the misunderstanding. no hard feelings.

    understand, though, that we tend to have a lot of gibberish and some good high comedy here, too. not just straight hockey talk all the time.

  24. Joe,

    You picked a good night to come aboard. Carps’ being friendly; usually, he’s trying to stir up trouble…

  25. NYR, thanks!

    Carp & Joe, you guys almost BANJed yourselves into a logger situation back there. Glad you made up! Tiki might be jealous.

    Welcome Joe! Just so you know, our language here is more complicated than the CBA.

  26. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Carp has two sides. Also very talkative today which is good because I tend to only read Carp’s posts and anyones that follow about it. Its a little hard to follow the giberish sometimes no hard feelings to all the gibberish lovers.

    Anyway, I think sending Kreider down to the AHL would be very beneficial. He will get some real playing time and learn how to play hockey at the NHL level because lets all be serious, this kid may be able to do something special but he should be an extreme liability, considering he is joining the team one day before the playoffs and he just ended a full length NCAA season.

  27. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Sally you couldn’t have been more dead-on with the last statement — took me months to figure out all the curse words haha

  28. Carp, where can I find the link to the live chat on Wednesday? It’s a typing type chat or something that we need a microphone my my computer to participate in?

  29. Carp

    I know what the Rangers plan is, I just don’t understand why they think that way. Why would they burn a year on his ELC just so he can practice with the team. Tortorella really has no intention of ever playing him even if Sather wants him to…

    I know the Rangers could care less about burning the first year, but don’t you think they should, especially for a team like the Rangers that is always right up against the cap?

    Is the benefit of practicing with the team in the playoffs worth having to pay him an extra 1-3 million 2-3 years from now? Why not just send him to the AHL where he can actually contribute on the ice????

  30. I agree that Kreider won’t play barring very unforeseen circumstances. But I remember that Doug Weight was the best Ranger on the ice in the final game of that playoff debacle vs. WASH in 1991, and I think that was hist first game straight out of college?

  31. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Oleo, it has nothing to do with the kid practicing on with this team or anything. It was just an incentive to get Kreider on board now! I dont think I have to explain how anxious some people were to get him under contract. Look at players like Erixon and Schultz — you just never know. Now they don’t have to worry about him signing because he is already here. You want you number 1 prospect signed ASAP no matter what it takes, in this case it took burning a year of his ELC so that he would be closer to more money, if he earns it in his next two years that is.

  32. Haha, thanks for all the warm welcomes everyone! I don’t mind moving from hockey talk either, so I’m ready for it. But back to Kreider. True Blue Mike, I agree he could might be a liability (but maybe not). With limited 5v5 time, and maybe some PP time with less defensive responsibility he just might add more than Mitchell. Since they are burning year 1 of his ELC by getting into practice tomorrow, they might as well keep him around for the playoffs just in case someone gets hurt, or they are totally stale and need to try to spark something.

  33. True Blue Mike

    I understand that part, but I just don’t see why they needed to bring him in here ASAP. I just find it hard to believe that if the Rangers didn’t sign him this week, it was back to BC for his senior year…

  34. Question for group, but should I come up with a handle that is more distinguishable than “Joe”?

  35. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Joe, there is no way Kreider would have more of an impact than Mitchell right off the bat. It is important to have 4 solid lines to role in the playoffs. This is a defensive team and they play as a team. I dont think Kreider should get a look unless someone goes down and then if they do I think Kreider needs to be in the top 6 and PP (not full time, just swapping in when there are penalties) were he can flourish.

  36. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on


    They aren’t worried about him going back for his senior year because he will graduate this year. They could fear the scenario where he doesn’t sign…

  37. Joe, the Live Chat is right here. Just come to Rangers Report. There will be a big blue box and you hit the arrow, I think, and type away. Just beware. we get a lot of comments and we tend to have a long lag between the time you submit the comment and the time it’s posted. God only gave me 10 fingers, and I don’t use all of them when I type.

    I don’t think Kreider was going back to BC, since he plans on having all his graduation credits in place by this spring or summer. But they want him here just in case they need him … and to see if he can convince them he could help … and to have him for the summer, for conditioning and camps, and of course to have him all signed and delivered before training camp.

  38. Kreider still hasn’t been quoted as saying that he would love to play for the Rangers, despite signing hours ago.

    So Kreider=bum. Debaculously inexcusable.

  39. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Henceforth Joe shall be known as Jobi-Wan Kenobi.

    True blue, I think that Kreider size and speed alone could cause sme issues for opposing teams. I think if Hagelin wasn’t the speedster he is we would be seeing in the top 6 right now. Experience isn’t going to change the fact that Kreider is big, strong, and über fast. Will he be as good as Mitchell defensively, 99% he isn’t. But, as long as he isn’t making really bad decisions out there his size and speed bring more offensive potential than Mitchell, in my opinion.

    He isn’t a midget like MZA, and can get in front of the net and battle in corners. Doubtful he’ll be up to speed with the shot blocking though.

  40. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Oops, meant to say we wouldn’t be seeing Hagelin in top six, not at we would be

  41. “mza sucks period. zucc ranger career is over. is it too late for florida”

    Yeah, keep spirit alive, eric. Last time you said that, Zuccarello was scoring goals within days…

  42. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    If Mitchell gets injured in tomorrows practice, there is no way in hell I would through Kreider into Thursdays game. Casey Wellman if you really need some scoring, otherwise Kris Newbury. Anyone else agree?

  43. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    You are kidding me lmfaoooo hahahahhaha. I feel so bad for the CBJ

  44. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    If Mitchell gets hurt, I say throw the kid in there. Torts has no problems benching people. If he looks totally out of place out there, bench him or limit him to PP.

  45. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on


    Every games counts. Kreider makes a mistake, a goal goes in and we lose a game it could be a big difference… It’s not going to happen. Unless of course he starts playing like an NHL defensive forward at practice.

  46. nyr fan

    yes i did see say zucc sucks and he started scoring. some i will say this dublowsky sucks maybe that will get him going

  47. Not Banned Bob was also desperate to trade Staal before the season to Edmonton’s first rounder, to get Yakupov. Visionary.

  48. lev, nobody cares about the Blue Jackets, so I think that’s a negative.

    Although a riot in Ohio isn’t too farfetched in and of itself.

  49. True Blue, I’ve been here 3 years, 6 months, and 2 days… and I still have no idea what’s going on most of the time.

    HEY BONEHEADS, you should enter the *Paul Mara Playoff Beard Contest and Sideshow Extravaganza* – need more entries. Not only are there awesome prizes, but I’m *not* entering – so you actually have a shot at winning. DO IT.

  50. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    True Blue

    Very true, and it’s risky business putting him in there. They’ll get a look at him at practice tomorrow and get a little idea what he looks like. Limited playing time and maybe PP time should limit his opportunity to make a crucial mistake. Hagelin had an immediate impact largely in part of his speed. With kreider’s speed and size, it is possible he can do the same thing, adding a legitimate scoring threat to the third line if he seems to hold his own defensively

  51. I think we should take this signing as a important clue as to how highly the Rangers think of this kid’s talent and his worth to the team in the future. They don’t care about paying more for his services a year earlier if he proves to be the top six offensive force they project him to be. This is a rich franchise (want to project ticket prices if this team is making the playoffs for the next 5-10 years and has a real chance to compete for the Cup?). This is also a young team that is playing in a major market which is starting to attract real talent who feel they can come here and compete for the grand prize and make a competitive salary (see Richards). What will Parise think if we win a couple of rounds or more? Think he’ll seriously consider joining a frachise with major upside? Stop focusing on this year and take the longer view. You’ll be happy you did.

  52. Bad MZA! He realizes we don’t want him tweeting again before mid-June, right?

    @zuccarello36: I little twitter break during playoffs! Hope u all can cheer 4 us and help us try and go all the way! Hopefully im back soon

  53. kinda lame that the team is taking a twitter break. a) dont change the routine if its been working b) it at least gave some insight into how the players went about their daily lives. well hopefully next time everyone signs on theyll all be tweeting pics of holding coupe stanley.

  54. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Yeah, I like the little twitter updates. At least it seems like eh are focused and trying I not get distracted

  55. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on


    I think Kreider’s speed is different from Hagelin’s speed though. Hagelin has more of a get to the puck and get there quick speed and Kreider’s speed is more like Gaborik, use it when its needed. No coincednce Hagelin is always going 100% up and down the ice while Gaborik is just waiting to pounce.

  56. Very happy to see what could be another young stud joining the fold. This team is actually building for a great future. I like his size, speed and shot. Whenever he is ready it will be great to watch him. Faster than Hags?? OMG.

  57. it would be pretty awesome, though, if Kreider came in and just wowed the coaches with his skating, so much so that they feel they have to find some ice time for him at some point in these playoffs.

    Good thing Columbus didn’t get the No. 1 pick, otherwise Howser would be trying to trade him in a few years, too. Of course, Howzerman isn’t going to be there in a few years, and might not be there by the draft.

  58. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    True Blue,

    Not really sure about the differences between Hagelin’s and Gaborik’s speed. Even if Kreider can not turn up in short bursts, it’s still got to be an issue for other teams when you factor is his size and strength.

  59. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    Carp I am with you with that. I think every Ranger fan is hoping he Wows us like we all hope he will but I am just being realistic here.

  60. leetchhalloffame on

    When Kreider was a bantam he was already a better player than Mitchell will ever be. Can’t even put those guys in the same sentence. That being said I hardly expect a coach like Torts to throw him into the red hot fire of the SC playoffs. Hope I’m wrong about that though. Would love to see him in there starting Thursday.

  61. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    Maybe after a couple more practices and if Rangers take a lead in the series there will be better chance to see Kreider on the ice.

  62. Expect him to be around the team a lot, learn Torts’ tendencies, team’s style of play, general atmosphere. Let’s all hope he doesn’t need to get thrown in because of injuries. And if he really MAKES Torts believe in his abilities, and earns his trust, the coach will find the way to give him some ice time. But I believe it will only happen if there is a wide margin for error. How often does that happen in the playoffs?

  63. True Blue Mike (Del Zotto's Swagger) on

    If there are no injuries and if one of the bottom six don’t do anything that cost the team a game, you will not see Kreider in there. And if you can’t see the difference in a Hagelin speed and a Gaborik speed than you have just never watched Kreider play.

  64. ken morrow won the olympics and stanley cup in the same season. he then won 3 addtl cups……….

  65. ZzZz NYR ZzZz© " Don't stepan the logo!!!"...says Greg L. on

    Kreider is fast , really ,really ,really fast. He hits hard and is a beast!!!

    Welcome aboard my freind.

  66. Jobi-Wan Kenobi on

    I can see the difference between Hagelin and Gaborik’s speed. I meant to say Kreider, not Gaborik. My mistake.

  67. True Blue Mike

    I especially don’t buy that the Rangers had any doubts Kreider would pull a Schultz or Erixon.

    The whole situation makes no sense. Kreider was a lock to join the Rangers next season so my guess is that Sather wants him signed b/c they feel he will eventually play some playoff games.

    It’s the only logical reason behind this immediate signing.

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