Rangers agree to terms with Chris Kreider

April 10, 2012, by

Update 5:20: So I missed the tweet where McKenzie corrected himself. The ELC is a three year deal (which makes more sense because Kreider isn’t 21 yet…that part had me confused). The Rangers intend on burning this year of the ELC, which means the Rangers intend on having him play in the playoffs.

Update 3:50: McKenzie is reporting that Kreider’s deal is a two year ELC, and that he will report to Rangers practice tomorrow. Kreider is eligible to play in the playoffs, but will burn a year of his ELC if he even shows up for practice.

Moral of the story: if Kreider is at practice, the Rangers fully intend on using him in the playoffs.

Original post: The details are still a little bit hazy, but Bob McKenzie is reporting that the Rangers have agreed to terms with top prospect Chris Kreider. Kreider has been the topic of much debate, and until details are known, we won’t know if the ELC starts for this season or next. But, the one thing we do know is that Kreider will be with the Rangers organization next season at the latest.

Categories : Prospects, Signings


  1. The Suit says:

    I think the org is making the right move. Hopefully it pans out.

  2. Justin says:

    I think it’s something of a shortsighted move, but obviously I’m going to pull for it to be successful. The only way I fully endorse it if it was a leverage move from Kreider’s agent threatening to take him back to BC next year.

  3. mikey says:

    We are so enamored with the overall play of Mike Rupp and John Mitchell that they couldnt be platooned as 4th line centers will Kreider takes a steady shift with Stepan? Also He has played less than 50 games this year. How fresh are his legs compared to those who have played 80?

  4. Dave says:

    None of us know what the Rangers will do with Kreider until it is announced by Torts. My guess is that if he’s at practice, he will play.

  5. Chris F says:

    Oh, dear…

    I really hope this works out.

  6. Rangers in my blood says:

    He looks like an NHL’er to me. Great size,speed,hands and most of all smarts. It seemed like he was on another level against the college kids. I believe he has been on The teams radar all year. Players younger than him have excelled all over the league and I believe in the kid! Besides Torts wouldn’t even put him on the ice if he didn’t think he was ready, in fact he won’t be at practice if they think he won’t make an impact! He’s not gonna be out there just for the experience!

    • Spozo says:

      The problem is that if Tortz deems him not ready to play that it will still burn an entire year of his entry level contract.

  7. Chris says:

    Hey, even if he burns a yr off the ELC he’d have to have a stunning rookie yr next yr to force big money when he finally gets leverage which is still a few hrs away. I don’t see the panic about the yr coming off the deal..

  8. Rangers in my blood says:

    Hows this sound-

    Haglin – Richards – Gabby

    Step – Anisimov – Cally

    Krieder – Dubi – Mitchell

    Prust – Boyle – Feds

    Sorry my spelling sucks. But the 2nd 3rd and 4th lines should provide plenty of secondary scoring! Go Rangers!!

    • Sagebob says:

      I’d put Feds with Dubi and Kreider and have Rupp play with Boyle and Prust. Mitchell becomes odd man out. But Torts will change game by game.

  9. Sally says:

    Guys, I don’t see this on the Ranger website. Are we sure this is true?

  10. Chuck A. says:

    Does Mats now have LA or St. Louis on speed dial??

  11. Walt says:

    Dear Chris Kreider

    Welcome to the Ranger family, we have been waiting the entire season for you to sign, now it’s on paper, and the Ranger web site!!

    This kid has everything one can ask of a player, size, speed, soft hands, and brains. He also will have Boyle to tutor him, and be his mentor. If he becomes as valuable as Boyle has become to us, we have a WINNER!

    I also believe that the delay for signing was a move to get the max on his enrty contract, and probably get paid for the play-offs. If you all are not aware, the players don’t get paid for the play-offs, and this kid probably worked something out to make a few bucks. If that is the case, more power to him, he used his brain!!!!!

    Looking at Chris, he will look great in BLUE!!

  12. Mikeyyy says:

    While I wholeheartedly endorse the signing and burning of 1 year of ECL. I do not place great confidence in the long term ramifications of this.

    Yes he is a mature player, yes he has skills and speed.

    The brass has been watching this kid, and they would not have done this had they not seen something in him.

    But the flip side of that is, he hasn’t played torts system. That takes a player typically a month to get down.

    My prediction:
    He comes out flying for about 3 games. The rush of playing in the NHL wears off and he bottoms out. Starts making bad mistakes and gets benched.

    This is a situation that needs constant attention.

  13. The Suit says:

    I find it odd that a lot of people who are so concerned about cap management and burning a year off his deal, are the same folks who wanted to see him get traded for Rick Nash. What am I missing here?

    • Dave says:

      My thing is…if they are burning a year, play the kid. Right now it sounds like they are going to burn the year and not play him. That makes me wonder what the point is.

      • Chuck A. says:

        Color me optimistic, but I bet they did their homework on all the possible scenearios. Let’s hope they put the “calculated” in this calculated decision.

      • The Suit says:

        I think they will, perhaps not out of the gate. But before this thing is over, he’ll play.

        • Spozo says:

          Who are the candidates to sit (injuries aside of course) if he does suit up a game?

          • voidoid says:

            My hunch is that he sits until the Rangers (heaven forbid) lose a game where they have serious trouble scoring. If Ottawa wins a game 5-4, he probably still sits. If NYR loses a game 3-0 or 4-1 and barely sniff the net, he’ll dress.

            As for the scratch, preferably Mitchell with Feds bumping down to the 4th line. Or Rupp, depending on how physical the series.

          • Dave says:

            Mitchell is the first one out. Probably Feds after that.

  14. Chris F says:

    Well, I liked his first foray into the NY media circus. He handled himself well today, and he was very humble.