News: Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider file for arbitration

5:17PM arbitration hearings will be held between July 20th and August 4th. (NHLPA)

1:23PMDerick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello and Chris Kreider have filed for arbitration. (Larry Brooks)

The team will continue to negotiate deals with all three to avoid arbitration.

Last summer Zuccarello didn’t want to go to arbitration so he lessened his demands in the final moments before the hearing.

Players who file for arbitration have a history of locking up deals shortly, sometimes minutes, before their hearing is about to start.

The Rangers trashed Sean Avery during an arbitration hearing in 2007.

Buzz: What Chris Kreider might be looking at in a new contract

Chris Kreider TongueChris Kreider has arbitration rights this summer as an RFA and because of that he is unlikely to have the same kind of holdout that Derek Stepan had last summer since Stepan didn’t have arbitration rights. (Boston Globe)

Kreider could be in line for a similar contract to what Max Pacioretty got after his entry level contract expired, two-years and a cap hit of $1.625 million. (Boston Globe)

In comparing the two when their entry level contracts expired:

  • Pacioretty: 123 games, 20 goals, 29 assists, average of 13:44 per game. No playoff games
  • Kreider: 89 games, 19 goals, 21 assists, average of 14:15 per game. 41 playoff games, 11 goals, 11 assists, average of 13:49.

Whether it is similar to the Pacioretty contract or not, Kreider is due “for a good raise” from his salary of $900,000 and cap hit of $800,000. (Boston Globe)

Fluto Shinzawa also mentions the contract that James van Riemsdyk signed with the Flyers when his entry-level deal expired, six-years and $25.5 million as one Kreider could sign. (Boston Globe)

When asked about Kreider yesterday, Glen Sather mentioned how he started the year in the minor leagues and intimated that he doesn’t yet have a proven track record of success in the NHL.

It’s been wondered if Kreider will get over $2 million per year in his new contract.


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Read: Chris Kreider, his season and what is next

Chris Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists for the Rangers in 66 games this season and 5 goals and 8 assists in 15 playoff games.

In the regular season Kreider had 146 hits and an average of 15:43 per game and in the playoffs, Kreider had 50 and an average of 16:48 per game.

12 of Kreider’s 37 points in the regular season came on the PP and 5 of his 13 playoff points came on the PP.

By month, Kreider had:

  • October: 5 games, 2 goals, 1 assist
  • November: 15 games, 4 goals, 9 assists
  • December: 14 games, 4 goals, 2 assists
  • January: 15 games, 3 goals, 5 assists

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Read: Brian Leetch loves Chris Kreider

Chris KreiderBrian Leetch tells Steve Serby that Chris Kreider’s return has been a big spark for the Rangers and that his size, speed and power have made a difference. (NY Post)

Leetch describes Kreider as having speed of smaller players like Pavel Bure or Teemu Selanne and that his strength makes it so that very few players on the opposing team can go after him. He says that most players let up when they go after Kreider because of his size and strength.  (NY Post)

He adds that Kreider has had a breakthrough year and has learned where he belongs in the NHL game. Leetch says that Kreider has learned that he can park himself in front of the net, deal with the abuse and score from in tight. He adds that it’s been “fun to watch” Kreider make the jump to being a good NHL player. (NY Post)

Leetch has spoken about Kreider in the past and praised him.

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Read: Chris Kreider on being booed by the people in Montreal

Last night in Montreal, Chris Kreider was booed every time that he touched the puck

Kreider spoke with Pierre McGuire on NBCSN last night about being booed and said “it’s exciting, they don’t boo you unless you are doing something right. It’s a fun building to play in.”

Kreider told Larry Brooks that all the commotion over his incident with Carey Price was “hilarious” and “lit a fire under my ass that I don’t think is going away any time soon.” (NY Post)

Brian Boyle said that Kreider has been playing great for the Rangers and that there is no way injuring Carey Price ever entered into his mind on that play. (ESPN NY)

Dave Maloney said on MSG after the game that Kreider got better as the game went on and that early in the game there was a time where Kreider had a player lined up for a hit but turned away. Maloney said that he thought Kreider handled and managed everything thrown at him “admirably.”

Keith Jones said on NBCSN that Kreider has brought speed to the Rangers, “giddyup,” and he is creating space for his linemates.

Mike Milbury said that Kreider “inspires fear” in defensemen.