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Tortorella debates Kreider recall: ‘We don’t want to keep on knee jerking him back and forth’

Mar 19, 2013, 6:52 PM EDT

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On paper, adding a first-round talent like Chris Kreider to the struggling New York Rangers’ lineup makes perfect sense. Head coach John Tortorella told the Bergen Record that a call-up isn’t so obvious a choice when you ponder the possibility that he could be sent back to the AHL again, though.

“We don’t want to keep on knee jerking him back and forth, we want to make sure if we do (call him up), we feel he’s ready to play,” Tortorella said.

The 21-year-old center played with the Connecticut Whale during the lockout before starting the regular season with the Rangers. Things got bumpy around Feb. 12 as he was sent back and forth due to Rick Nash‘s murky injury status; eventually he saw his last bit of NHL action on Feb. 26 against the Winnipeg Jets.

Simply put, Kreider’s numbers haven’t been there yet, with just a goal and an assist in 11 games after showing flashes of brilliance during his well-publicized NHL debut in the 2012 playoffs.

Again, the Rangers can use the boost, but it sounds like Tortorella is going to tread lightly when it comes to the development of prospects such as Kreider.

  1. rpiotr01 - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    19 pts in 4 games and a -8 for the Whale this season. Not good.

    • rpiotr01 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      Gack, 42 games. 19 pts in 4 games would make Torts poop himself.

  2. pfailp8 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:00 PM

    Should have just kept him playing with the big boys and let him work through his issues with the support of a veteran locker room. Kreider’s confidence is shot thanks to all the line changes and AHL/NHL switches Torts has made this year.

    I personally think Torts just doesn’t like the kid. Miller has been OK for a 19 year old rookie (2G 2A, -2 +/-) in 21 games. But Kreider had 1G, 1A, 0 +/- after only 10 games… Something just doesn’t add up here; There is no reason Kreider shouldn’t be playing with the big boys, especially in light of our recent offensive struggles.

  3. dirtydave6986 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:24 PM

    Miller has been able to back check which is something Kreider was having trouble with. It doesn’t always just boil down to goals and assists.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:02 PM

    Good , I love to see this kid play. Him and J.T miller

  5. multiplemiggs - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    Feb 26th was the second day of the season

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