- On being in CT, “it was good, positive. I learned a lot and worked on a lot.”
- On keeping tabs on the Rangers when he is with the Whale, “a lot, I think everyone down there does. At the same time, you are a fan of the game and checking scores from all around the league and watching highlights.”
- On looking back at last season, “I look back and have fond memories. It’s an entirely different situation and I am trying to seize that opportunity.”
- On what the coaches asked him to work on, “They have done a good job in communicating what they want me to improve on. Little stuff, game to game, I think we talked about check finishing. Not being on the scoreboard and still having an impact, that kind of thing so definitely on check finishing, the back check, separating guys from pucks, little stuff.”
Kreider has played six games since being sent own to Hartford and has one goal, three assists and is a minus three. He has 13 shots in those six games and eight penalty minutes. He was a minus four in the past two games.
He has primarily skated on a line with Kris Newbury and had a rotating RW.
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Kreider was sent down, along with JT Miller, to try and develop the proper way.
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Kreider scored his 12th of the season for the Whale and had three shots.
He also had a roughing penalty and a tripping penalty.
On ESPN Radio, John Tortorella spoke about how the Rangers trade today and addition of depth impacts the young players such as Chris Kreider and JT Miller.
Tortorella said that the trade gives the team some depth and, “it allows us to put our kids where they should be and have them develop the proper way and not in this mess.”
5:29PM: The team has officially sent Kreider and Fast to the Whale. Press release is below
4:51PM: Andrew Gross notes on twitter that the Rangers have said Miller won’t be in the lineup tonight.
4:25PM:According to the AHL Transaction wire, the Rangers have recalled JT Miller from Hartford.
Chris Kreider is still in Hartford.
12:51PM: Leslie Treff notes that Kreider, Miller and Jesper Fast will all be with the Whale shortly.
12:49PM: John Shannon tweets that nothing should be read into the Rangers sending Kreider and Miller down to Hartford. He notes that the team is concerned with their development.
12:20PM: Katie Strang notes that both Miller and Kreider have been sent down.
John Tortorella spoke about how he wasn’t sure he could play Kreider and Miller in all the close games down the stretch.
Adam Rotter: This was expected and just because they were sent to Hartford today, doesn’t mean that one or both could be back next week. The fact is, Kreider and Miller need to play a lot and the Rangers are in a position right now where they can’t/don’t want to live with the mistakes that they may make. Having them on the fourth line or benched does nothing for anyone. This team is trying to make the playoffs and in the eyes of John Tortorella, right now the negative is outweighing the positive in their game.
Chris Kreider, who started the game on the fourth line, played a season low 3:23 and last saw the ice at 7:22 of the second period.
On the post game show, John Tortorella said that he is starting to worry about Kreider and Miller and what kind of role they can play with the Rangers constantly in tight games.
Tortorella said “quite honestly, I am worried about the two kids. I am not upset with them, I just think that the stakes are high and I just have to watch how they go through the game.”
He then said that he wasn’t sure what the next step would be but that he doesn’t want to mess with their development.
On MSG, Dave Maloney and Brian Leetch said that with everything so magnified in the shortened season, the Rangers don’t have the time to allow Kreider and Miller to make mistakes and learn from them, especially at this stage of the season.
The NY Post says that Kreider and Miller are still considered to be untouchable in the organization.
Tortorella has spoken about the struggles he faces sometimes to find ice time for the young players.
Adam Rotter: I don’t see anything wrong with sending Miller and Kreider down to Hartford and it should be done today if John Tortorella isn’t sure he can trust them enough. The primary objective right now is to make the playoffs and it seems that while Kreider and Miller can help the Rangers do that, Tortorella thinks that the negatives in their game could outweigh the positives. Mats Zuccarello took Kreider’s spot in the top six and if Kreider is going to be on the fourth line, he should be in Hartford and playing big minutes. Same with Miller, who could allow Arron Asham to come back into the lineup and maybe ease some of John Tortorella’s fears.
2:22PM: At Hockey’s Future, they rank Kreider 19th in their top 50 prospects and say “during this season he has shown signs of being one of the best prospects in the league, particularly during his last demotion to the AHL, but he does not look to be as much of a sure thing as he did last summer.”
12:53PM: In his past two games with the Rangers, Chris Kreider has a goal, six shots on goal and has played 13 minutes and nearly 15 minutes.
Kreider scored on a terrific passing play that started with Brad Richards and ended with a give and go between him and Michael Del Zotto.
Joe Micheletti noted on Tuesday night that Kreider was becoming more and more noticeable and that the key may have been that he stopped thinking and just started playing. Joe said, “he looks like a much different player than he did just a few weeks ago.”
On the Michael Kay Show yesterday, John Tortorella said that Kreider has started to learn how to play away from the puck. Tortorella said that he can only play a young if he doesn’t hurt the team defensively. He added, “we play in so many close games and it’s easy for people to say “let him play,” but when the puck is int he back of your net and you are losing 4-2, it just isn’t right.”
Tortorella followed up and said, “I really like what he did yesterday. Not only did he end up with 3 or 4 scoring chances, but he did the job along the wall. He understands positioning away from the puck and I think he is beginning to have a bit of a personality and we are really excited about it.”
2:49PM: When asked about Kreider this morning, Rick Nash told the Daily News that he likes always having the puck on his stick, so playing with someone like Kreider who can go in and get the puck compliments his game perfectly.
9:31AM: Against the Capitals on Sunday, John Tortorella put Chris Kreider up on the LW of Brad Richards and Rick Nash.
Kreider played 14:52 and 5:15 in the third period on the line with Nash and Richards. Kreider had two shots on goal, two hits and two blocked shots.
Tortorella said that he made the move because he thought Kreider was playing well and was executing the game plan that the Rangers had for him. He added that he wants someone on the Richards/Nash line to “chase down pucks” and he thinks that Kreider could be the guy to do that.
Tortorella said on Monday that he thought Kreider was “on the puck” against the Capitals and felt that the Richards and Nash lines needed someone who was “on the puck.”
John Giannone said on Sunday that an encouraging sign from the Rangers was that Chris Kreider had his legs moving and the Rangers will need him to hunt down pucks and create offense.
When asked about how Kreider played in Hartford, Kris Newbury told the Rangers website that his confidence started to grow when the pucks started going in.
In terms of playing away from the puck, John Tortorella said on Monday that Kreider, with the help of the staff in Hartford, has “come a long way” in how he plays that
When asked about how Kreider has progressed during his time with the Whale, John Tortorella said that Kreider started to sustain, create and use his skills to create offense. Tortorella also said that he had a brief meeting with Kreider and could already see a new found confidence.
Tortorella added that Kreider respects the process he is going through and understands the challenge and work it will take to be comfortable and learn all the dynamics of being a pro hockey player, “This is the right type of process that he needs to go through, and I hope he takes a step in the right direction and keeps on growing from there.”
The Rangers coach described Kreider as having “major assets” but “it’s just a matter of trying to get him to put it all together and do it consistently along the way here.”