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/Watch: What Brandon Prust said right after Chris Kreider ran into Carey Price

The NHL has released a video of the best “mic’d up” moments from the Rangers Canadiens series.

In the clip, Chris Kreider is shown running into Carey Price and then Brandon Prust is shown as Price is talking with the trainer and said “i’m gonna blow a wheel into Hank.”

Prust is then shown going after Kreider and eggs him on by saying “more.”

Prust did attempt to skate into Henrik Lundqvist during a break in play.

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Read: Carey Price doesn’t think Chris Kreider hit him on purpose

4:38PM: Price said, “I don’t think it was on purpose…hockey is a rough sport and injuries happen all the time. Sometimes they are intentional and sometimes they are bad luck and I don’t think he did it on purpose.” (Habs)

2:10PM: Carey Price spoke at Canadiens breakup day today and said that he doesn’t think Kreider fell on him “voluntarily.” (Renaud Lavoie)

Price said that he knew right away that he was injured and stayed in hoping that the issues would go away. (Arpon Basu)

On the day that it was announced Price would miss the series against the Rangers, Montreal coach Michel Therrien said “Looking at the incident, you know, it’s a reckless play.  That’s the truth.  And Kreider, this is not the first time he’s going at goalies, so end up losing your best player.” (via the NHL)

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Practice: Chris Kreider on the ice, Derek Stepan not

10:47AM Darren Dreger tweets “Very unlikely Stepan plays tonight. Released from hospital last night. Hasn’t skated in 2 days. Will need time to adjust to full shield, etc”

10:33AMChris Kreider is on the ice at the Rangers morning skate today. (Rangers)

Derek Stepan is not on the ice though he was released from the hospital last night. (Darren Dreger)

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.