At The Record, Andrew Gross writes that when the Rangers look to make improvements during the offseason, they should continue their stance of refusing to include Chris Kreider in any trade talk.
Gross says, “he can be a special NHL player. It would be a shame to see him become one elsewhere.”
Kreider is an RFA after next season. He turned 22 years old at the end of April
During the playoffs, John Tortorella said of Kreider, “Chris is still in the middle of the process. He has major assets and he is going through the process. This is a really good thing for him, to get an opportunity to play some games.”
Kreider told the NY Times on break up day that he felt this season was very encouraging and loved the feeling of getting better everyday.
THIS SECTION is all about Kreider.
Adam Rotter: As far as I have heard, the Rangers still hold Kreider in extremely high regard and view him as an important piece for the future. Ryan Callahan had struggles, Michael Del Zotto had struggles and Kreider struggled, but made big strides, during his first pro season. So much was expected of Kreider but he didn’t get to have the same kind of regular season that a rookie should. With the schedule compressed and the Rangers needing to find ways to get points, John Tortorella didn’t feel comfortable putting Kreider on the ice. When he played in Hartford he scored and each time he came back he looked better.
He has a full season under his belt along with a full season of playing and learning how the Rangers want to play. During the playoffs in 2012 he played on instinct with very little coaching. That led to some really good moments and some really bad moments. Kreider ended the playoffs this year in a top six role and looked like a player who wants to hang onto that role for next season.