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Rangers waiting on Kreider’s status after Orpik hit (w/video)

Jan 21, 2013, 3:06 PM EDT

The New York Rangers are unsure of the health status of rookie forward Chris Kreider following his massive collision with Brooks Orpik in the late stages of Sunday’s 6-3 loss to Pittsburgh:

Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports the Rangers won’t have an update until tomorrow’s practice — the Blueshirts had a scheduled off-day on Monday — but noted that Kreider left the ice in bad shape.

The 21-year-old also didn’t meet with the media following Sunday’s game.

Rangers head coach John Tortorella said he thought the hit was clean, and added it might’ve been a necessary evil to shake his team out of its funk.

“Maybe we need to get whacked around some more to wake us up,” he told the Daily News.

  1. ballistictrajectory - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    Welcome to the NHL, Chris.

    • nach0mancandysandwich - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM

      I’m sure Chris is happy to see you approve of the Orpik hit and are welcoming him to the NHL. I’m sure it means a lot to him.

  2. hockinj25 - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    That was a beautiful hit.

  3. crosberries - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    So glad he’s healthy again this year

  4. killerpgh - Jan 21, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Orpik is a beast. Sucks that he might of got hurt, but you have to keep your head up coming across the trolley tracks.

  5. johnstone17 - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Reminded me of Stevens on Lindros! Helluva hit.

    • odj810 - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      you mean without the dirty elbow targeting the head?

  6. strosfan85 - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Nice clean hit by Brooksy.. Cant skate with ur head down!

  7. ThatGuy - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:23 PM

    Better keep those eyes open rook

  8. chuchie414 - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    Wonder what Coach York would think?

  9. sabatimus - Jan 21, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Hit to the chest, not to the jaw. Homer announcers.

    • stakex - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      His shoulder does graze the jaw, but it wasn’t the principle point of contact… thus its a clean hit.

      Kreider has the speed and the hands, but man he has to keep that head up or hes going to get killed.

  10. andyb02 - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Now can someone please do that to Crosby?

    • stakex - Jan 21, 2013 at 5:52 PM

      I’m sure there are 700 NHL pros that would love to, but when was the last time anyone saw Crosby try to skate up the middle with the puck? I can’t say I blame him, but that use to be his bread and butter… and now he looks like hes playing not to get hit. No one needs to hit him since he’ll never be the same if hes playing with that kind of fear.

      And for anyone who wants to argue Crosby isn’t playing with fear, just watch the Flyers goal from Saturdays game. Crosby had an easy play on the puck to keep it in the Flyers zone, but he knew he was going to get hit and just backed off…. Flyers took the puck and it ended up in the Pens net. That wouldn’t have happened two years ago.

      • eyeh8goodell - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:35 PM

        I’m sure you’d love to believe that. Just as I’m sure you’d love to believe he’s as hated among his peers as he is among rival fans. That must be why he cleaned house in the NHL Player Poll 2 seasons ago……because he’s so despised by his peers. Try again. He’s already taken plenty of contact over the first two games and is playing as he always has. Still going into the corners and mixing it up along the boards like always.

      • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        Please tell me you aren’t talking about when the players were all changing, dork.

    • hockeywithdrawal - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Actually – Grossman did that to Crosby in the Philthy game, it was a good, clean hit. Crosby returned the favor against Stu Bickel of the Rangers. These guys hit each other all the time – as long as it’s clean, no one objects.

      In the end, not sure what the problem is with your ego, whether Crosby hurt it, or whether you think a player getting hurt will in some way improve the game or your view of it (you must be from Philadelphia), but you are a fan that very few teams want.

  11. csilojohnson - Jan 21, 2013 at 6:23 PM

    Wow a press conference with Tort and he is not crying about something.

  12. icelovinbrotha215 - Jan 21, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    That was a beaut of a hit. Keep ya head up kid. Hopefully he is a-okay.

  13. hockeyflow33 - Jan 21, 2013 at 10:09 PM

    Looks like a young Lindros

  14. withseidelinn - Jan 21, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Am I the only one who thinks this guy is extremely overrated for having one good run in the playoffs last year?

    • jpelle82 - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      for coming into the playoffs for the first time as a rookie and being effective, i think he deserves some attention. he has a pretty good college and junior resume too…he has 10 goals in world junior play…same as mike modano….and has a couple beanpot’s, a junior gold and bronze medal, and couple national championships.

      • withseidelinn - Jan 22, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        There’s no doubt he’s a legitimate prospect, I think he’ll b successful in the NHL, but a lot of people expect him to automatically put up points in the show. It’s simply not gonna happen, especially with the depth that the Rangers have. He should be playing in the AHL to grow more and get his confidence up. Once he lights that league, call him up. There’s no use putting him on the 4th line.

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