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Rangers demote Kreider to AHL

Feb 15, 2013, 1:57 PM EDT

Chris Kreider Caps

New York Rangers rookie forward Chris Kreider has been sent to the club’s AHL affiliate in Connecticut, according to ESPN’s Katie Strang.

Kreider, 21, had appeared in seven games with the Rangers this season, scoring 1G-1A-2PTS while averaging 10:18 of ice time per game.

The former Boston College standout was a healthy scratch last game — a 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders — with Strang reporting he’s being sent to the Whale so he can play, rather than watch the parent club from the press box.

Kreider burst onto the scene during last year’s playoffs, appearing in 18 games while recording 5G-2A-7PTS, breaking a 59-year-old NHL record for most postseason goals scored before making his regular-season debut.

With Kreider’s demotion, it’s looking more and more likely that fellow rookie J.T. Miller will remain with the Rangers.

Miller, 20, has played in five games this season. Upon playing No. 6, the first year of his entry-level contract will kick in.

The Rangers don’t play again until Sunday — a home date against the Washington Capitals (6 p.m. ET, NBCSN) — so the club has until then to decide Miller’s fate.

  1. hockeywithdrawal - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    Guess they figured they can lose just as well without him?

    • hockeywithdrawal - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Let me also say that JT Miller is looking good, though – if it came down to having to choose between those two, maybe they’re right. I’m just surprised it would come down to a choice between those two.

      • barkar942 - Feb 15, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Miller appears to be much more defensively stronger on the puck- makes some good plays along the boards, and has good size and hands.
        Let Kreider go learn the rest of his game and have him ready to come up around playoff time to replace a sure-to-happen injury to one of the other players.
        I agree with Torts about not going through the process. If you don’t have your base down pat, you will only hurt yourself.
        Smart move by the team to send him down.

    • ravenscaps48 - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:46 PM

      Where are all the Rangers fans that said months ago that this guy was the difference maker for their Stanley Cup Season?…. HA!

      • jkay1818 - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        I don’t know, I guess they will have to rely on Nash as being their difference maker.
        Weren’t you the caps fan who repeatedly said time after time that Holtby will be the difference maker in net and how amazing he’ll be for the caps.

      • ravenscaps48 - Feb 15, 2013 at 5:01 PM

        He isn’t playing poorly. If you watch Caps Hockey in Braden’s games, you will see that goals for opposing teams will be either deflected, deflected off of our own defensemen, or due to poor defense and leaving him out to dry. The only goal that I fault him for where the blame is squarely on him, is the missed poke check from last night. And Holtby is still in the bigs. If he was playing that poorly, he would’ve been demoted or traded by now…. So… Eat doodies

      • mattybo - Feb 15, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        I remember the last difference maker the caps had in the Stanley Cup finals.

        Said no one ever.

      • stakex - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:26 PM

        First of all, Holtby has been one of the worst starting goalies so far this year. Hes 40th in S%, and 43rd (out of 44) in GAA at almost four goals a game…. so your right, hes not playing poorly: Hes playing down right terrible. The reason he can’t be sent down is that the Caps simply have no depth in net, and with numbers like that he has no trade value (not to mention the trade market for goalies is pretty much Luongo).

        As for Kreider, theres no doubt he hasn’t performed quite as well as a lot of Rangers fans might have expected… but that happens sometimes with young guys, especially ones coming off such a high from last year. He might not be a difference maker for the Rangers this year, but he will be in the future.

        @hockeywithdrawal – The Rangers are 4-1-1 in their last six games. Hardly “losing”.

  2. withseidelinn - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    This kid is so overrated right now it’s ridiculous. No pro hockey experience and they throw him into an extremely deep Rangers squad and expect him to produce on the 3rd/4th lines while being a healthy scratch every other game. Poor management of this kid so far, he needs at least a full year in the AHL to become NHL ready

    • stakex - Feb 15, 2013 at 7:30 PM

      I would agree that with the short season, and virtually no training camp he should have just been left in the minors. Especially since he wasn’t playing very good in the AHL either.

      However, considering how well he played when thrown into the Rangers playoff drive last year can you blame the team (and fans) for having high hopes for him?

      • withseidelinn - Feb 16, 2013 at 5:43 PM

        His performance in the playoffs last year was impressive, but I still think the standards they have set for him after posting 7 pts in 18 gp are a little high. He wasn’t even at 0.5 ppg in the AHL. That says to me he just isn’t ready.

  3. sergeikremlin - Feb 15, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    You can’t worry too much about the business side of it and trying to slide his contract for the remainder of this shortened season. It will kick in, in 8 months when next season begins, regardless as he already slid last year. Ice the best lineup, which includes Miller at this time, get into the playoffs, and focus on re-signing him in 2015.

  4. caniacx4 - Feb 15, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Man, I sure wish Rutherford would make a play for this guy! He deserves to be playing…. Send him to the CANES
    He’d fit nice in our fast system. BTW send Staal too so we have a monopoly haha.
    GO CANES

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