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.