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Report: Kreider signs with Rangers, will join team Wednesday

Apr 10, 2012, 4:09 PM EDT

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According to TSN’s Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have signed Boston College standout Chris Kreider to an entry-level contract.

Kreider, 20, was New York’s first-round selection at the 2009 draft and recently won a national championship with the Eagles at the Frozen Four in Tampa. Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton was actually in Tampa to begin negotiations with Kreider as soon as the tournament finished, a fairly good indicator of how keen the organization was to get the 6-foot-3, 220-pound forward into the NHL.

Another indicator? The Rangers inked Kreider to a three-year deal, but essentially “burned” one of those years by having him join the team now. Since he’s on the active roster and eligible for postseason play, the Rangers are taking a calculated risk — losing an entire regular season of his services in order for him to aid in the current Stanley Cup chase.

If you’re curious as to how New York’s players will receive Kreider, consider what center Brian Boyle told the New York Post on Tuesday.

“If he comes, we’ll welcome him with open arms,” he said. “He skated with us [in informal workouts] before camp opened, he’s a good kid, and if he can come in here and wants to help us, why not?

McKenzie reports that Kreider will join the Rangers tomorrow for practice. The Blueshirts open their playoff campaign against Ottawa on Thursday.

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  1. jkay1818 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:13 PM

    He’ll probably replace Mitchell as the fourth line center.

    • hanktheking - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Move Rupp to Center (played Center before) on the 4th line, and move Fedotenko down to the 4th. Play Krieder with Boyle and Dubi on the 3rd line and watch Dubi’s game elevate in the playoffs. I would definitely not stick him with Prust and Rupp if your looking to get some offense from him.

      Furthermore, this is a huge move by Sather. If he ends up adding anything at all it’s simply a bonus as John Mitchell is fodder.

  2. dabutcha114 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

    Yeah Buddy!! This kid could be the spark we need on the power play. A nice playoff gift from the hockey gods. Let’s Go Rangers!!!

  3. back2backbees - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM

    smells of desperation…

    • jkay1818 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:44 PM

      how so?

    • stakex - Apr 10, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Yes, because the top team in the East and second best team in the league is deperate right now…

  4. cfab44 - Apr 10, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    haters and questioners..never a lack of those breeds.

  5. jpelle82 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM

    kind of interesting that they bring in a rookie for the playoffs. maybe they are trying to get him up to speed so they can add some firepower for the later rounds? if they face pitt or philly, they are going to need goal support

    • jkay1818 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:55 PM

      I know, they definitely needed tons of firepower vs philly this year. That O was way too potent for them this yr

  6. muir6 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:14 PM

    Cant Wait to c him

  7. terriers4 - Apr 10, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Kid is living the life right now

  8. cameltoews - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    I agree with you hanktheking. Just as Hagelin’s speed has opened up the game for gaborik and Richards kreiders speed will open the ice for dubi and Boyle. I think that line combo could become very dangerous especially in the offensive zone where Boyle is dominating the face off circle.

  9. giants3699 - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:49 AM

    Ahh for whichever Philly fan thinks we add kreider because were worried about them apparently you haven’t been paying attention to the 5 times we beat the eff at of you guys. Yes the Rangers can use some firepower but don’t be quick to forget we were first in the east for a reason. And where goalies are the most important players out there come playoff time I’d have to think we feel pretty dam good with the King between the pipes. 94 was a long time ago to 2012 and more lets do this Rangers!!!!

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