In his brief time in Hartford so far, Chris Kreider has drawn praise from different areas of the hockey world for his play and his potential.
Kris Newbury, who has played on a line with Kreider and Chad Kolarik, told the Rangers website,“He is a guy that can really move. For me and our line to work you wanna have the puck in his hands and he demonstrated tonight that he has a great shot. My first option is always to look for him.”
Newbury, who played with Carl Hagelin before he was called up last season, said that the two of them used to run a play that may work with Kreider as well
“When Carl was down we had a set play where he would start skating and I would rip it off the boards and he was usually the first guy to get there and it created a lot of scoring chances. I think it will be the same with Chris.”
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Justin Bourne, at Backhand Shelf, listed Kreider as one of the top 25 players under 25.
Michael Haley said at Blueshirts United “he is a big boy. He is fast and he moves well. I think he will be a good player. He is consistent as long as he is banging and being a good power forward he will be pretty special here.”
The Rangers re-signed Kris Newbury over the summer to a two-year deal that puts him in a tie for the second highest AHL salary at $300,000 per year.
His salary would double if he were to play for the Rangers where he has played 18 games over the past two seasons.
Newbury, 30, could get a long look in training camp, according to Bruce Berlet, because of his “versatility, grit and feistiness.”
Newbury told Berlet that players need to “go in and be at the top of your game and play your best to have a shot at any NHL club.”
He added, “As long as I do that – if there’s camp – then hopefully I’ll have a good shot.”
Adam Rotter: I think that Newbury, along with Michael Haley, will be the first call ups from Hartford this season as the roster, for the most part, looks to be filled out. Newbury is a solid AHL guy and has been with the Whale for some time now. He can fight, he is tough and at that level he can score. He is a valuable guy to have done there and possibly the next captain if Wade Redden doesn’t return.
Bob McKenzie tweets that the Rangers have re-signed Kris Newbury to a two-year, two-way deal.
Newbury has played 18 games for the Rangers over the last two seasons.
In his last two seasons in Hartford, Newbury had 61 points in 69 games and 64 points in 65 games.
John Tortorella called him an “old school” player in the early part of the season.
Leslie Treff tweets, “Rangers re-sign Kris Newbury, who can fill in on the fourth line, and with Mitchell gone, if no one steps up in camp, could wind up being a regular on the 4th line.”
Torts told the Daily News that he likes the old school style that Newbury brings: Daily News “I like the way Newbs handles himself. I think he’s a little bit old time as a player, he thinks it that w”ay. He certainly turned my head this summer in how – what type of shape – how his body had changed coming into camp. So he deserves the opportunity. He’s played very well down there. He deserves the opportunity, and I just – I like his jam. I think he plays hard for our team.”
Newbury also had three fighting majors last season. He had eight points in four games for the Whale this season.
At Howlings, Bruce Berlet spoke with Kris Newbury who said that he is focused on making the Rangers this season.
He doesn’t see the Rangers addition of Brad Richards as something that could stop him from making the team:
“I don’t think (signing Richards) really affects me,” Newbury said. “He’s a different kind of player than me, a skilled guy, but I think getting him was good. At the end of the day, you want to be on a team that has a chance to win.”
Newbury played 11 games for the Rangers last season. He averaged 7:38 per game, had an assist and three fights.
He is in the last year of his contract which has an NHL cap hit of $512,000 and an AHL salary of $250,000.
Chad Kolarik pushed Newbury off the bench last season. John Tortorella was impressed with Newbury last season.
I like Newbury, but he seems more likely to alternate with Dale Weise as the guy who gets called up due to injury. He is tough and wins faceoffs, but he isn’t a better player than Brian Boyle or Derek Stepan.
The Rangers, according to Hockey Fights.com, ranked sixth in the NHL in fights last season with 62.
St. Louis led the league with 78.
Brandon Prust led the Rangers with 18 fights, Sean Avery had 12, Derek Boogaard 7, Michael Sauer 7, Brian Boyle, 4 , Brandon Dubinsky 4, Kris Newbury 3, Dale Weise 3, Ryan Callahan 2, Ruslan Fedotenko 1 and Dan Girardi 1.
Mike Rupp finished second on the Penguins with 12.
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Next season, the Whale should have Carl Hagelin, Ryan Bourque, probably Ethan Werek and Evgeny Grachev. If he struggles in training camp, Michael Del Zotto. Kris Newbury should be back, maybe Dale Weise, Pavel Valentenko, John Mitchell and other “AHL” guys that they will bring in, a la Jeremy Williams. Hopefully that will be a nice mix for the people of Hartford to enjoy.