Buzz: Things the Rangers may try to use against Chris Kreider if they go to arbitration tomorrow

Chris KreiderChris Kreider’s arbitration hearing is tomorrow and yesterday both sides submitted their numbers to the arbitrator.

Larry Brooks writes that the award given in most arbitration cases is within 10% of the midpoint of what the two sides are asking. (NY Post)

The Rangers are likely to use the fact that Kreider had a “lost” 2013 season with both Hartford and the Rangers and that he started this past season in Hartford. They are also likely to use that Kreider didn’t play much in situations where the Rangers held a one-goal lead late in the game and that he wasn’t used during 4 on 4 OT in the regular season because of his defensive issues. (NY Post)

Read: The chip on Marty St. Louis’ shoulder

Marty St. Louis Stanley Cup Picture PuzzleElliotte Friedman writes that in 2004 he did a feature with Marty St. Louis, on the day that he had the Stanley Cup, and talked about how important it was to Marty to score the game winner in game six in 2004 that prevented Calgary from winning the Cup on home ice. (CBC)

This was important to St. Louis because Calgary gave up on him in 2000 and Friedman writes, “It was at that moment I realized the size of the chip on his shoulder, a motivation that’s made him who he is. He never forgets.”(CBC)

Friedman adds that St. Louis being added to the Olympic team doesn’t change the fact that he was passed over at first and only adds to the chip on his shoulder. (CBC)

Dan Boyle said that he and Marty St. Louis have led similar careers and talk about them being old or not good enough will only light a fire under both of them.

Buzz: The numbers submitted to the arbitrator for Chris Kreider’s contract (Updates)

Chris Kreider9:14PM: Brooks thinks that Kreider will get a deal between $2.2 million and $2.7 million. The decision on where the award falls in that range will likely be determined by how much weight the arbitrator puts on Kreider’s playoff performance. (NY Post)

The two sides are working on avoiding arbitration and would be “best served” to come to terms on a deal worth $2.45 million per year. (NY Post)

4:18PM The Rangers number is $2.05 million. The first year of the deal is $1.9 million an the second year is $2.2 million. (Larry Brooks)

Brooks anticipates that the deal will end up being between $2.2 million and $2.5 million.

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Read: Rick Nash rides the subway/doesn’t get recognized often

Rick NashRick Nash said that on most game days he takes the subway or drives to Madison Square Garden from his apartment in lower Manhattan. (Dispatch)

Nash says that being in New York he doesn’t read the newspapers and stays away from the media.

In terms of fans, Nash said that with so many people in the city he hardly gets recognized which he says is “totally my style.”

Neither the Rangers or Nash are looking to at a trade that would send him away from the Rangers.

Craig Button recently talked about expectations vs reality for Nash.

Buzz: Where college free agent Kevin Hayes could end up (Updates)

8:54PM: The Avs and Predators appear to be the top candidates for Hayes. (Haggerty)

7/21/14: 1:55PM: Florida may not be interested in Hayes and if not the favorites to sign him are the Bruins, where he is from, or the Penguins, where assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald is his cousin. Florida is/has been Hayes reported number one choice so that he could join his brother Jimmy. (CBC)

7/18/14 | 4:49PM: The Blackhawks are still hopeful that they can sign Hayes. (Chris Kuc)

11:37AM: It was reported yesterday that the Rangers are interested in former first round pick and pending college UFA Kevin Hayes.

Hayes had 27 goals and 56 points last season for BC, was a Hobey Baker finalist and a teammate of Chris Kreider’s for two-years.

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Read: Gordie Clark on the Rangers style of play and why it needed to change

TortorellaGordie Clark said that all the shot blocking the Rangers were doing under John Tortorella was the result of playing in their end too much. (Boston Herald)

He said “the guy who created this game created hockey to have the puck and be creative with it and make plays, not to chase it around.” Clark added, that is where they wanted to change. He said that Glen Sather went in search of a coach who would play like that and Alain Vigneault was that guy. (Boston Herald)

Clark said in the series against Boston in 2013 the Rangers played played too much in their own end and it wasn’t how Sather wanted or expected them to play so he made a change. (Boston Herald)

  • In the 2013 playoffs the Rangers Corsi was 46.8%. In the regular season it was 50.9%. (ES)

He added that a few years ago the Rangers decided they wanted to be more of a skilled and speed team. (Boston Herald)

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Read: The confidence in the prospects to get NHL jobs

Jesper Fast The additions of “marginal NHL players” Lee Stempniak and Matthew Lombardi doesn’t show a lot of confidence from the organization that players such as JT Miller, Danny Kristo, Oscar Linbderg, Ryan Haggerty and Jesper Fast are ready to lock down roster spots.  (NY Post)

Larry Brooks wonders, rhetorically, if either Stempniak or Lombardi would have made a difference against LA. (NY Post)

Both Stempniak and Lombardi can be sent down without any cap charge.

Adam Rotter: It’s all about competition in training camp and organizational depth.The best players, “marginal NHLers” or prospects, will make the team. The Rangers have shown a willingness in the past to send veteran players to the AHL and I don’t think they would hesitate to do that again if Stempniak and/or Lombardi are beat out.

Read: What people in hockey say about Lee Stempniak

The first time that Lee Stempniak was traded was in 2008-09 when he was sent from St. Louis to Toronto.

At the time, Toronto GM Cliff Fletcher said that they were acquring a top-six forward who can add offense and play on the power play. He added that Stempniak was the kind of player that Toronto was trying to add to their roster for the future. (

Stempniak said that in Pittsburgh his role was to to hold onto the puck in the offensive zone and use his skating. (PG)

Flames President Brian Burke, who traded Stempniak from Toronto to Phoenix in 2009-10, said after sending him to Pittsburgh that Stempniak is a “really good hockey player” and if he was “10 pounds heavier, I think he’d be a dynamite hockey player.” Burke said that he thought Stempniak could help Pittsburgh. ” (Flames)

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Read: Dan Boyle talks about the PP and how he thinks it works

In his career, Dan Boyle has 66 goals on the PP and 77 at even strength to go along with 215 PP assists and 200 even strength assists.

About half of Boyle’s career points have come on the PP. Since the 2005-06 lockout, Boyle ranks 5th in PP goals by a defenseman, behind Zdeno Chara, Dion Phaneuf, Shea Weber and Mike Green. (HRef)

Asked about the PP, Boyle said, “I’ve been a big part of the PP for a while, I think it’s important for the five guys to know where each other are but with video today, I think it’s important to be a little bit unpredictable. What I mean is, the other teams. while the five guys on the unit need to know where each other are at, it’s important for the other team not to have an idea of what they are looking for. Sometimes you need to get ugly and when you are too cute is when it starts to go sideways.” (Rangers)

Alain Vigneault has said that in in ideal situation you have two players on the ice who shoot one way and three who shoot the other.

Scott Arniel, who runs the PP, says that a successful one is all about establishing the shot and that it helps to have a mix of different shots.

San Jose assistant coach Larry Robinson says that Boyle is “elite” at playing the PP. (