5/7/14 | 7:20PM: “Chris is skating and I think he is due to see the doctors here shortly but he has been skating and I think we will know here in a short time but he is coming along. He would bring a lot to our lineup, there is no doubt there.” (Alain Vigneault SNY)
5/6/14 | 1:49PM: Kreider is going to see a doctor soon and the team should have a better idea of a potential return date after. (Rangers)
Vigneault wouldn’t confirm that Kreider may return in this series but said that the team should know soon. (ESPN NY)
He added how important Kreider was to the Rangers PP and how much pressure he could put on the defense with his speed. (ESPN NY)
1:06PM: Alain Vigneault said that Kreider is “coming along” and that his size and speed would bring a lot to the Rangers. (Rangers)
11:34AM: On MSG last night, they showed video of Chris Kreider in a gray jersey on the ice at MSG by himself.
The video showed Kreider flipping a puck in the air and taking a slap shot while wearing a gray jersey.
It is not known if Kreider has been cleared for contact or didn’t wear the yellow jersey, that signifies no contact, because he was alone on the ice.
After the video was shown, Ron Dugay said “you are putting so much pressure on that wrist, you are snapping the puck, the weight is on your wrist and the stick hitting that puck, there is a lot of pressure there. You have to be close to 90-95% to do that. That is good news, seeing that he can slap a puck.
EJ Hradek added, “He isn’t the savior and end all be all but he would be a boost.”
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Kreider was seen mostly stick handling today and showing stronger passes and more strength on his forehand. (Steve Zipay and Andrew Gross)
Alain Vigneault said that Kreider is improving but wouldn’t commit to him returning in this series. (Katie Strang)
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9:08PM: Larry Brooks writes that there is no telling if Kreider will be able to return to the Rangers in this series. (NY Post)
2:30PM: Chris Kreider underwent surgery on what is believed to be a broken left hand on 3/29 and has missed the last 15 games for the Rangers.
The Rangers have insisted that Kreider is out indefinitely with no timetable for a return though the day before the surgery Bob McKenzie said that the initial diagnosis on the injury was that it could be 1 or 2 or 3 months depending on how they treated it and potentially season ending if surgery was done.
At the time, Kreider wanted to play through the injury but Glen Sather decided to pull him to prevent any long-lasting issues.
Kreider has been skating, mostly with the scratched players, since 4/8 though was not handling any pucks or shooting until earlier this week. The shots Kreider were taking though have been described as “soft.”
John Giannone guesses that Kreider will join the Rangers “sometime” in the series. (Twitter)
Adam Rotter: If Chris Kreider is cleared to play I think he will but he won’t be the same player he was before, at least not right away. Mats Zuccarello came back from a hand injury and struggled to produce points and you have to figure that Kreider will be in the same situation. Kreider can help impact a game with his speed but it’s hard to know if his hand will allow him to shoot the way he needs to or prevent him from being as physical as he needs to be. Still, you have to think that having Kreider in the lineup is better and brings more upside than the Dan Carcillo, JT Miller, Jesper Fast group.
1:19AM: Andrew Gross says that Kreider’s shots today were “softer than soft.” (Twitter)
4/30/14 | 1:08PM: Kreider was handling a puck this morning and taking a “few soft shots” while he skated around the ice at MSG on his own. (Daily News)
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Kreider was being skated hard by Scott Arniel. He wasn’t doing shooting drills, just skating. (Andrew Gross)
The Rangers not on the ice at the optional skate are Benoit Pouliot, Mats Zuccarello, Ryan McDonagh, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards, Kevin Klein, Marc Staal, Rick Nash (Pat Leonard)
11:41AM: The Rangers on the ice are JT Miller, Jesper Fast, Justin Falk and Cam Talbot. Raphael Diaz is not on the ice. (Gross)
11:40AM: Kreider is still only taking one handed shots, He is also at the other end of the ice than the four scratched players. (Andrew Gross)
11:38AM: Chris Kreider is on the ice in Philadelphia and working out with tonight’s scratches, Jesper Fast, JT Miller, Justin Falk
and Raphael Diaz. (Mike Morreale)
Alain Vigneault has repeatedly said that there is no timetable for Kreider’s return and he is out indefinitely.
4/21/14 | 11:57AM | Alain Vigneault says that Chris Kreider is improving but that is all he said. (Andrew Gross)
4/19/14 | 8:08AM | Steve Zipay says that he saw Chris Kreider in the Rangers locker room on Friday and that Kreider is dying to play but “he’s not close.” (Newsday)
Zipay says that Kreider will be “well-rested” and “pumped” if the Rangers are able to advance in the playoffs. (Newsday)
Kreider continues to be listed as being out “indefinitely” after surgery on his hand.
Alain Vigneault said this week, “he started to skate, is working out and hopefully at sometime we will have more information for everybody.”
11:21AM: JT Miller, Raphael Diaz and Justin Falk are the players who stayed on late at the morning skate which should indicate that they are scratches. (Gulitti)
11:16AM: Alain Vigneault says that Jesper Fast is taking a “maintenance” morning and would not confirm that Dan Carcillo will be in the lineup for him. (Pat Leonard)
10:46AM: Jesper Fast is not skating. (Gulitti)
10:26AM: All Rangers are on the ice at the morning skate except for Chris Kreider who is out with a hand injury. (Tal Pinchevsky)
There are no line combos or defense pairs at the skate. (Tom Gulitti)
2:19PM: Alain Vigneault said today “I would say, as I had said all along, that it’s indefinite and until it changes that is what it is.”
12:55PM: Following Rangers practice, Chris Kreider took to the ice to skate on his own. (Steve Zipay)
Kreider still has a “big black brace” on his left hand but is wearing gloves on both hands. (Andrew Gross)
Kreider skated twice last week and is being listed as out indefinitely after having surgery on his left hand.