In his return to the Whale, Chris Kreider had one shot on goal, was a minus one and was called for a hooking penalty in the second period.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes “The Rangers expect him to do really good things for the Whale. They expect Kreider to assert himself. If he does, he will be back in Blue.”
4:26PM Brooks says that Kreider took a puck to the foot last night but is expected to be fine for training camp
3:15PM Larry Brooks tweets that Chris Kreider is not in the lineup for the Whale today.
Kreider is scratched so that he doesn’t get hurt before Rangers training camp.
As of 44 minutes ago Bob Crawford of the Whale tweeted that he was taking warmup a with Kris Newbury and Brandon Segal.
In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that people on both the players side and the owners side have said that even if the players agreed to the owners make whole proposal, they still wouldn’t have a deal unless the players also agreed to the owners contracting demands.
Elliotte Friedman writes at CBC that the owners say that the contract terms can be negotiated while the players say that is not the case.
Friedman thinks that the NHL will stand firm on their demand of no more than a 5% change in a players salary from year to year which would counter the front loaded contracts that players have been signing.
Yesterday the NHL and NHLPA met for an hour about contract issues.
Renaud Lavoie tweets that Bill Daly said “PA give us 17 issues on players contract last week. We have a deal, or made progress on 14 of them.”
Some of those issues, according to Lavoie, are: escrow, minimum salaries, playoff pool increases, elimination of re-entry waivers and changes to the waiver rules, no-trade clauses with contract extensions, an interview period for free agency where, like in the NBA, free agency would open and teams would have a chance to talk with players before they are technically allowed to sign them.
Lavoie does say though, “Still the major issues for PA on contracts are: Maximum 5 year contract. Arbitration and UFA push one year. That’s what the NHL want.”
Chris Kreider has stated that he wants to get better and work at all areas of his game while with the Whale.
Ken Gernander has said that the key for Kreider in Hartford would be coming in with the right attitude.
Bruce Berlet writes that Kreider’s sole focus is on the Whale and that he is sincere when he says that.
“That declaration was demonstrated in spades on Tuesday when he was the last player to leave the ice after practice, taking passes from Jason Wilson, who was wearing sneakers while recovering from a second foot surgery, and firing dozens of shots on an empty net at the west end of the Champions Skating Center.”
Gernander has said that Kreider is still in “the process.”
Kreider has one goal, four assists and 33 penalty minutes in 8 games for the Whale.
THIS SECTION is about Kreider in the AHL.
Adam Rotter: If Kreider works his way onto the PK, with his speed, this could be a common occurrence. Carl Hagelin, who should see more PK time, also fits into this category.
“I love playing hockey. You dream your whole life of playing professionally and doing it as your occupation and that is what I have the privilege of doing. I’m lucky enough to be here and playing professional hockey so I try to enjoy every second, grow and get better.”
According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers will send Chris Kreider down to Hartford for the start I their training camp on September 29.
Yesterday the Rangers sent all of the players on two-way contracts who cleared waivers down to Hartford.
An explanation of the “Clear Day” list is:
Per AHL by-laws, only the 20 skaters and two goaltenders on the Clear Day roster are eligible to suit up for the Whale for the remainder of the AHL regular season and the Calder Cup playoffs, unless emergency conditions result from recalls, injuries or suspensions.
Signed Junior players, or players who join the team on amateur tryout agreements after their Junior or college seasons are complete, are also allowed to see action for AHL teams during this period, regardless of whether or not emergency conditions exist.
No current Ranger was on the clear day list as the expectation was that the team would make a deep run in the playoffs.
12:27PM: Craig Custance confirms this with a tweet, saying, “Only locked out NHL players who can sign AHL deals after Sat. are those who finished last year in AHL or were on AHL team’s clear day list.”
He adds “Basically AHL is protecting its teams and preserving a bit of integrity so league isn’t flooded with NHL players if lockout drags on.”
Adam Rotter: More and more it looks like Derek Stepan, Ryan McDonagh and Carl Hagelin won’t get to play with the Whale this season. Maybe it will change once the lockout actually starts, but as of now, all signs are pointing to Chris Kreider being the only one who can play in Hartford.
The Rangers are likely to announce the players they are sending down later today.
Larry Brooks has sent out a tweet saying that Chris Kreider is the only player on the Rangers roster who will be going down to play for the Whale during the lockout.
While layers like Carl Hagelin, Derek Stepan and Ryan McDonagh are all on entry-level deals, they require waivers to play in the AHL due to the amount of games they have played or their age.
At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about what some teams are doing with their young players when the lockout starts on Sunday at 12:01AM.
He notes that Colorado and Edmonton will send Gabriel Landeskog and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins to the AHL and that players who are on their entry level deal and exempt from waivers need to be sent down before September 15th.
For players who are not waiver exempt, they need to clear waivers by Saturday as well to be able to play in the AHL.
Custance writes that GM’s will be watching the waiver wire closely to see if anyone is worth claiming.
In 2004, the day before the lockout was slated to start, the Blue Jackets claimed defenseman François Beauchemin from Montreal when they tried to send him down to the minors.