Kreider returned to AHL

The Rangers have sent Chris Kreider back to the AHL’s Connecticut Whale, a move that was widely expected once the Rangers got healthy. Kreider was sent down last week, but was immediately recalled due to the Rick Nash “concussion” and played while he was out. With Nash back, Kreider can return to the Whale to work on his play without the puck.

It is important for Kreider to get top line minutes with Connecticut, as that is something he wouldn’t be getting from the Rangers at the moment.

12 Responses to “Kreider returned to AHL”

  1. mikeyyy says:

    I agree that Kreider needs to be sent down…he needs a real coach to teach him how to play since Torts can’t seem to get the skilled players and shooters going.

    • Dave says:

      Torts needs to win. Kreider wasn’t doing what he needs to do to stay in the NHL. Enough blind Torts hate.

  2. nyr1579 says:

    let the kid work down there…and if he gets back up here, put him top six…4th line with mashinter was a waste. just a body.

    • Walt says:

      Amen!!

      Maybe he was rushed along too quickly. I believe that Torts has a very short fuse, and pulls the plug way too soon.

      How many lines skate together for entire games, I can’t remember at all, that is an example of what I’m talking about.

    • Dave says:

      Exactly. He needs top line minutes, and he wasn’t getting that here because he wasn’t earning it.

  3. Ray says:

    I’m not convinced this is best for Kreider. He did well in the playoffs when Tortorella just let him play and didn’t ask him to fit into the system. So I think he’s ready. Now you can’t let someone ignore the system or you lose your team; Kreider has to fit in. But how do you teach someone to fit in? Personally, I think 3-4 minutes a game on the fourth line gives a chance to watch how things are done correctly and real motivation.

    • Dave says:

      If you can’t play without the puck, then you can’t play in the NHL. That’s what he’s going to work on down there.

    • bernmeister says:

      Agree as to:
      “I’m not convinced this is best for Kreider. He did well in the playoffs when Tortorella just let him play and didn’t ask him to fit into the system. So I think he’s ready.”

      Disagree with:
      “Now you can’t let someone ignore the system or you lose your team; Kreider has to fit in. But how do you teach someone to fit in?”
      Kreider is not an isolated event. There are more minuses than pluses CHANGE THE SYSTEM FIRE TORTS.

      “Personally, I think 3-4 minutes a game on the fourth line gives a chance to watch how things are done correctly and real motivation.”
      I would rather he play full time minutes on 2nd or 3rd line w/Miller and Callahan. If he makes mistakes, fine, he’s learning. He has the physical ability to be in this league now, and he’s on the clock for his ELC no matter what so play him here now as described.

      Additionally, since he’s young, strong + previously played C, give him 2-3 minutes a night as a relief C on a makeshift line. Do not believe the experience will undermine his focus as a winger, and may be otherwise useful for both CK and the team.

      Finally Kreider is the kind of asset you want to maximize, so you hire a specialist to tutor him exclusively on top of the daily drills, etc.

    • pavel says:

      I think that hits the nail on the head. I believe that Torts, while a great coach, has a system that inadvertently stifles offensive production. Now, it’s up to the player to be a pro, and keep up producing and fitting in at the same time. However, it feels like the players are so afraid of making mistakes that they overthink every move and are more comfortable to cycle along the boards and jam to puck into the net rather than exhibit real offensive magic.

  4. Randy says:

    I don’t really agree with the move. I am interested to see who steps in Kreider’s place since Mashinter is back down also. Is Asham back? I think that Kreider has disappointed thus far this season, but that is only because he has not been given much of a chance. While he isn’t scoring, I have seen the hustle that gave him so much success in last year’s playoffs at times. When he is moving his feet, he is a dangerous player, and I personally feel like Torts never really let him get in a groove during a game where he was playing a regular shift. Same thing goes with Miller…the one game where he really was playing a regular shift every period, he scored 2 goals against the Islanders. Now, he gets thrown in occasionally on the PP or with 3rd and 4th liners and can’t get anything going. Torts needs a little more patience and needs to let these kids skate.

    • Dave says:

      It’s Bickel at forward tonight –which I hate– so that part I really don’t get. But Kreider needs to spend time in the AHL to learn to play without the puck.

  5. Lou says:

    Common guys, let’s look at a player’s performance for what it is not what we would like it to be. Kreider was a zombie out there the entire season – didnt skate, didnt back check and didnt put a lick on a stamp.
    Gotta wonder what a young play is thinking with that type of effort….cause the one thing they CAN control is effort (look at Cally’s play over the past 2 games).
    On a positive note, that was the team’s best performance last night…but long way to go cause they were outplayed in the3rd and relied on Hank.
    Go Rangers!!