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Rangerland was torn yesterday when Chris Kreider was returned to the AHL. On one side, many blamed Torts for not playing the kid enough to allow him to grow. On the other (note: more rational) side, many looked at is as a way for Kreider to get some solid playing time to work on the aspects of his game that need maturation. It’s clear how we feel on the matter.
This isn’t the first time the Rangers have sent a player back to the AHL to work on some things. Most recently, the Rangers did this with Michael Del Zotto, and it paid off wonderfully. For those that forgot, MDZ was in the middle of an awful sophomore season when the organization returned him to Connecticut to work on his game and rebuild his confidence. Now, he’s a top-four defenseman.
MDZ wasn’t the only player to receive this treatment either. The Rangers did this with Ryan Callahan in 2008 as well. The future captain had some areas of his game he needed to work on. He did. Now he’s the captain.
Kreider is no different from MDZ or Cally in this regard. He’s not ready for the NHL, so he needs to work on his game at the AHL level. Many were blinded by his playoff performance –his very sheltered playoff minutes against inferior competition– and they believed he could continue with that pace. But Kreider struggled in the AHL during the lockout. He wasn’t scoring, he wasn’t playing well defensively, and he just looked lost at times.
When he was called up to the NHL, it was only because the Rangers were thin on the bottom six. His play in the AHL didn’t warrant a call up at all. But his struggles in the AHL stayed with him at the NHL level, and it was only a matter of time before the Rangers sent him back to work on his game.
At the current moment in his career, the coaching staff couldn’t trust Kreider in any situation other than a favorable offense situation. That’s not how Torts uses his key guys. Kreider is going to be one of those key guys, and he needs to be able to play confidently both with and without the puck to be counted on in this system.
Kreider will rebound. He’s too skilled and too smart not too. Players need development time, that is the only reason for this move.
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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...
The newly demoted Chris Kreider notched Connecticut’s first goal of the game against Bridgeport last night, scoring on the powerplay. The goal was the first of five against the also-newly-demoted Rick DiPietro, and the first of seven total for the Whale. Kris Newbury, Brandon Mashinter, Brandon Segal, Mike Vernace, and Christian Thomas (2) also scored for the Whale. Cam Talbot...
According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the Rangers have assigned Chris Kreider to the CT Whale.
...i guess the Rangers took my advice yesterday. lol. This was a no brainer. Made no sense for him to either be playing four minnutes on the fourth line or sitting in the press box. Hoping he takes advantage of this move to gain some confidence and get himself back in the...
NEW YORK, February 28, 2013 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has assigned forward Chris Kreider to the Connecticut Whale of the American Hockey League (AHL).
Kreider, 21, has registered one goal and one assist for two points in 11 games this season. He tallied a point in consecutive games, including his first career...
After taking the day off yesterday, the Rangers reconvened for practice today with Arron Asham (back spasms) as the only player who did not participate.
According to Andrew Gross at the Bergen Record, the lines remained the same...
Carl Hagelin-Brad Richards-Rick Nash
Taylor Pyatt-Derek Stepan-Ryan Callahan
J.T. Miller-Brian Boyle-Marian Gaborik
Ryan McDonagh (undisclosed injury) and Rick Nash (undisclosed injury) were out on the ice for the Rangers' AM skate prior to tonight's matchup with the Lightning. According to multiple reports, McDonagh says he will be playing tonight. Rick Nash is likely to return.
Nash expects to play, just will test himself in warmups to make sure #NYR
— Pat Leonard (@NYDNRangers...
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The Rangers are in desperate need of a reliable defenseman to shore up the bottom pairing. Right now, it looks like a competition between Steve Eminger and Matt Gilroy, and neither really instills confidence in the Rangers fan base. Eminger has been steady in previous seasons, but he hasn’t found the lineup consistently so far. Gilroy has had flashes...
Rangers going for the sweep.
The Lightning come to town for their third and final game against the Rangers, having dropped the previous two contests 3-2 and 5-1. This is where we would say something about how the Rangers own the Southeast, but they just dropped a game against Winnipeg with their B roster.
As stated in our previous previews, Guy Boucher has the Lightning running...
Henrik Lundqvist must have missed the memo about casual Friday. In the latest This is SportsCenter ad, Lundqvist again makes an appearance, showing up to work in his cubicle with all of his goalie equipment and gear.
This new spot isn't even in the same league as Lundqvist's previous appearance which also included the Swedish Chef from The Muppets, but it's nice to...
NEW YORK (AP) -- Carl Hagelin and Derek Stepan scored in a one-sided first period, and the suddenly healthy New York Rangers snapped a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday night.
Defenseman Marc Staal added just the eighth power-play goal of the season in the second period for New York, which ended an 0-3-1 skid in the second game of...
I'm going to first apologize for posting this, but I felt it was my obligation to address this non-sense.
Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that Glen Sather is unhappy with the Rangers inconsistencies this season and is looking to shake-up the club by possibly trading Marian Gaborik and adding more grit to the line-up.
Garrioch adds that John Tortorella's job...
The Rangers play the second game of their four-game home stand, facing off tonight for the third and final time this year against Tampa. The Blueshirts come off a disappointing 4-3 loss to Winnipeg while the Lightning come in off a 2-1 loss to Boston.
The theme for tonight is that the Rangers are getting the band back together. Rick Nash, who missed the past four games, each of...
Extra East scouts not usually in LA for DET-LAK: BUF WPG MTL PIT TOR PHI NYR
— Dennis Bernstein (@DennisTFP) February 28, 2013
...Datsyuk? Yeah right. Actually, D Carlo Colaiacovo is expected to return from a shoulder injury Sunday, which would put nine defensemen on the Red Wings roster. Rangers could be looking to sure up the blueline. Maybe a guy like Jonathan Ericsson...