Read: Chris Kreider and the year that he could have

Chris KreiderChris Kreider is the Ranger most likely to improve this season as his hockey sense continues to catch up with his “physical gifts.” (Boston Globe)

Kreider can “fly and thump” and could develop into a top line player like Max Pacioretty or James van Riemsdyk. (Boston Globe)

Kreider saw his ice time cut by about two minutes per game after the Rangers acquired Marty St. Louis last season which took him off a 40 point pace and put him on a 30 point pace. (Dobber Hockey)

  • In 15 games in January, Kreider had 3 goals and 5 assists in 15:47 per game. In 13 games in March, he had 4 goals and 3 assists in 13:04 per game.

Dobber Hockey has him scoring 18 goals this year and adding 21 assists.

  • Last year they had Kreider down for 13 goals and 16 assists.

The Hockey News has Kreider scoring 25 goals and 27 assists.

Sports Forecaster has Kreider scoring 25 goals and 25 assists. They say that it finally “dawned” on Kreider that he could dominate games and “change outcomes” with his size and speed. His willingness to “crash the net” helps him score as well.

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Stats: Projecting what Chris Kreider may do this season

In The Hockey News Pool Guide, Chris Kreider is projected to play in 75 games for the Rangers and score 27 goals and add in 25 assists.

In their write up for Kreider they say that he is best known for taking out Carey Price but “he will soon be best known for scoring goals.”

Two-years ago, after Kreider’s debut in the playoffs, The Hockey News projected 50 points.

Last year they had Kreider projected for 15 points.

This year, Kreider had:

  • 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular season games. He averaged 15:43 per game and had 12 of his 37 points on the PP.
  • 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games. He averaged 16:48 per game and had 5 of his 13 points on the PP.

He signed a two-year deal last week with a cap hit of $2.475 million.

 

NEWS: Rangers and Chris Kreider come to terms on a TWO-YEAR deal

Kreider9:25AM: The Rangers and Chris Kreider have settled on a TWO-YEAR deal worth $2.35 million in year one and $2.60 million in year two. (Tim Wharnsby)

Kreider’s cap hit will be $2.475 million.

This past season Kreider had

  • 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 regular season games. He averaged 15:43 per game and had 12 of his 37 points on the PP.
  • 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games. He averaged 16:48 per game and had 5 of his 13 points on the PP.
  • His regular season Corsi was 55.2%, which was 3.6% higher than the team average. (ES)
  • His playoff Corsi was 48.7%, which was 3.4% higher than the team average. (ES)
  • In the regular season he started 35.2% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 38% in the neutral zone and 26.8% in the defensive zone. (ES)
  • In the playoffs, he started 24.4% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 45.2% in the neutral zone and 30.3% in the defensive zone.  (ES)

He will still be an RFA when this contract expires in his qualifying offer will be $2.6 million.

Brian Leetch is a big fan of Kreider.

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Buzz: Chris Kreider arbitration hearing is going on (Update: they came to terms)

Chris KreiderUPDATE: 9:25AM: The Rangers have come to terms on a two-year deal with Kreider.

9:19AM: Chris Kreider and the Rangers are said to be in the middle of their arbitration hearing in Toronto. The Rangers hearing with Chris Kreider is said to be proceeding as scheduled.  (Andrew Gross)

The hearing, per the CBA, was scheduled to start at 9AM.

It seemed yesterday that arbitration was the direction that Kreider and the Rangers were heading in.

 The Rangers have offered Kreider a two-year deal with a cap hit of $2.05 million while Kreider is looking for $2.8 million per year.

The Rangers are likely to use certain things, such as Kreider starting the year in the minors and not playing in tight game situations, as part of their case to get the number to be lower.

This is the Rangers first arbitration hearing since Nikolai Zherdev in 2009.

The arbitrator will have his decision within 48 hours.

Buzz: Rangers and Chris Kreider appear headed to arbitration (Updates)

Kreider4:34PM: Both sides have shown a willingness to compromise but both sides also have a number that they won’t move off from. (NY Post)

If the two sides do go through with the hearing, the arbitrator will have 48 hours to decide on the award.

The middle ground for the two sides, which is likely where the arbitrator will fall, is about $2.425 million per season. (NY Post)

4:22PM: No deal is expected to be done today between the Rangers and Kreider. (Ranger Rants)

3:36PM: There is no agreement in sight between the Rangers and Chris Kreider and they appear headed to an arbitration hearing tomorrow morning. (Larry Brooks)

Kreider is asking the arbitrator for $2.8 million per year and the Rangers countered with an offer of $2.05 million per year.

The Rangers are likely to use certain things, such as Kreider starting the year in the minors and not playing in tight game situations, as part of their case to get the number to be lower.

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