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Rangers re-sign Chris Kreider

July 23, 2014, by
Kreider is only of several draftees from the US system (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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The Rangers have re-signed Chris Kreider to a two-year bridge deal, worth $2.35 million in the first year and $2.6 million in the second year ($2.475 million cap hit). Kreider finally had his breakout season, putting up 17-20-37 in 66 games after being called up early in the season by the Rangers. Kreider also put up 5-8-13 in the playoffs after missing the first round and a half with a broken hand.

Kreider has been an interesting prospect. With elite talent, he has as high a ceiling as any forward prospect we’ve seen in New York since Tony Amonte. Problem is that he still hasn’t put it all together yet, which drove his cost down a bit. Last year was a solid year for the kid, but he needs to build on this past season and show he can consistently be a first line contributor to get the big bucks.

Since Mats Zuccarello signed yesterday, the Rangers just need to sign Derick Brassard and John Moore, the only two pending RFAs.

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29 comments

  1. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Phew. Did not want to see that one go to arbitration. No problem with the deal.

  2. Chris A says:

    It’s all coming together now.

    Brass will sign on for a cap hit between $4.8M and $5.8M (a longer term will likely mean a higher cap hit since we are talking about UFA years with Brass) and John Moore comes in around $1.2M – $1.5M. Those contracts plus sending down one of Kostka and Hunwick and one of Lombardi or Mueller will put the Rangers right under the cap when the season starts with a roster of 22 players.

    After that, the hard work begins. Trying to find cap space to keep Staal, MSL, Zucc, Hagelin, Stepan and a backup goalie for 15-16

    • Dave says:

      I still have Brass around $4.5 million, but remember that the cap numbers on Capgeek don’t include J.T. Miller.

      • Chris A says:

        Yeah, I added Miller to the team I mocked up. I sent down Fast and Kostka, signed Brass at $5.25M, Moore at $1.45M and had 200K in cap space left. I figure if Brass takes more than $5.45M then the Rangers will have to start the season without Miller or with 6 D.

        At first Dave, I agreed with you on Brassard’s potential contract. Now, I think Brass at $4.5M is an absolute steal for the Rangers. I have a feeling that they are going to want to lock up Brassard as salaries for centers are skyrocketing. When Dubinsky is slotting in close to $6M you know something is very wrong with the system.

        • Dave says:

          Moore won’t be at $1.45 million, he will come in around $1.25 at a high estimate, so that gives you more wiggle room.

          It’s certainly tight, and Dubi’s absurd contract didn’t help any, but remember that Brass could just go with arbitration, which won’t come anywhere near $5.5m.

          • Chris A says:

            Let’s hope Brassard doesn’t get to arbitration. I would hate to have all four of MSL, Staal, Zucc and Brassard looking at UFA status the same summer that Stepan and Hagelin are RFAs looking for big raises.

      • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

        Brassard is asking more. $4.5 is reasonable for him. A bit high for his production but that’s what happens when ROR signs for $6+ mil per. NHL contracts are like legal legislation. If it’s ruled one way once then the bar is set. No pun intended I think.
        I know Sather hates it but it may be best to let Brassard go to an arbitrator. Given his age he’s set for UFA next summer anyway I think given his 6 seasons in the NHL Or 7 seasons. He’s a great 3rd line center and a powerful depth player in the playoffs. I just don’t think he should get more than $4 mil per on a 3-4 year deal.

  3. TxRanger says:

    I call that a bargain!

  4. Walt says:

    Good for Chris, and management for getting this deal done on time. Let’s hope now that Brass doesn’t get too greedy, and he signs up for a few more years, and leaves enough for Johnny to get a nice raise as well!!

    • Dave says:

      Doesn’t matter if he gets “greedy” or not, arbitration will find the middle ground.

    • TxRanger says:

      Does John Moore deserve a raise?

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      Do you really think John Moore deserves a raise? He was good for most of the season but was victimized in the playoffs too many times. He looked more confident the season before when the Rangers first acquired him. He should get a minimal raise on a 1 or maybe 2 year deal because of his skating ability. He has untapped offensive potential that he needs to show. With his speed and skating he could be a force on the Blueline. He should get his QO amount. $850K būt $1 mil is more than fair. Not going to be much money left after Brassard.

  5. SalMerc says:

    We still may see some player movement before training camp opens, but these 2 signings make the immediate future a bit clearer.
    I am not sold on Brassard’s value if he gets more than $5M.

    • Ray says:

      Player movement should be small. The Rangers are already at 50 players, 48 if you don’t count Duclair and Graves. They really don’t have room to add players, so to change they actually have to trade.

      • Dave says:

        Duclair doesn’t slide. It’s 49.

        • Ray says:

          Do you know what the explanation for this is?

          • Dave says:

            When talking to Capgeek, they said that Duclair’s contract was signed in his age-19 season and slid that year (signed in January 2014). Since he signed “at 19,” he only gets one slide.

            • Ray says:

              Dave, I’ve tried to sort this out and actually looked at the CBA. I think I understand but no guarantees. Age means different things in differnt places.

              First I am convinced that Capgeek is correct when they say Duclair’s contract does not slide and he can be a UFA in 2017. However, in the presentation of the 50 limit in Article 1, it says that 18 and 19 year old players who are returned to juniors do not count against the 50 limit. There is no a priori reason why sliding contracts and exclusion from the 50 limit need to be tied together and they are not discussed in the same part of the CBA. One rule protects the player, the other keeps the team from being charged for players they can’t use.

              Anyway, I believe the Rangers will have two spots to work with when they send their players to juniors. Truthfully, I think that if this is not true, they have been reckless and signed too many people to date.

    • Puck Luck @Centerman21 says:

      I don’t think he should get a penny more than $4.5 mil. He was the 3rd line pivot. Why the big raise? Do the same thing as with Zuccarello. Sign a 1 year deal and negotiate during the season. After 1/1/15 the cap goes for next season. The cap will go up & he can get his pay day as a UFA next season or move along if one of our cheaper prospects overtake him in the lineup on an ELC.

  6. cv19 says:

    Derick Brassard for 5M? Not for me.

    2010-11 74G 47Pts. 2,8M
    2011-12 74G 41Pts. 3,0M
    2012-13 34G 18Pts. 3,3M
    2013-14 81G 45Pts. 3,7M

    Good playoff run? Yes. Any progress in production last 4 years? No. Upside? I’m not sure.

    He’s been getting roughly a ten percent raise every year. That’s what I give him. 4M. He doesn’t deserve more.

    • Chris A says:

      45pt/season Centers are worth at least $5M/season as UFAs. This isn’t about raises and upside and what a player deserves, it’s, unfortunately, about the open market.

      The Islanders and Blue Jackets (Grabovski and Dubinsky) just set the salary floor for Brassard and other centers next summer.

      Unless you want to go into next season with Stepan, Moore and a bunch of kids at center you sign Brassard long term this summer with a cap hit just north of $5M.

      • cv19 says:

        Is that the reality? One incredibly inept organization and one desperate organization set the bar by terribly overpaying these two players? I’m not so sure.

        • Chris A says:

          As it stands right now, Brassard will be the third most sought after FA center next summer behind only Spezza and Krejci.

          As for this summer’s unrestricted free agent centers:

          Stastny: 4 yrs, $7M Cap Hit — a bona-fide #1 C, like Spezza and Krejci

          Dave Bolland: 5 Yrs, $5.25M Cap Hit — This isn’t a typo

          Cammalleri: 5 Yrs, $5M Cap Hit — Similar production to Brass, 5 years older

          Jussi Jokinen: 4 Yrs, $4M Cap Hit — More production than Brass, 4 years older

          If Bolland and Dubinsky (contract extension, he never hit free agency) can cash in for over $5M per, so can Brassard. It only takes one team to lose their mind.

        • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

          Unfortunately yes. That is the definition of market value.

  7. Bloomer says:

    Moore at 1.2 million per and Brass at 4.8 million per, I there is cap room for Sather to add one more forward. Carcillo?