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Kreider recalled by Rangers

Mar 20, 2013, 2:54 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers have recalled forward Chris Kreider from AHL Connecticut.

Based on what coach John Tortorealla said recently, the decision to bring Kreider back up again won’t have been made lightly.

“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.

Kreider, 21, has already played 11 games for the Rangers this season, scoring once and adding an assist. But like many young players, he’s struggled with consistency at the NHL level.

To make room for Kreider — who, by the way, has been lighting it up for the Whale — forward Micheal Haley has been sent down to the farm.

Winners of two straight, the Rangers host Florida Thursday.

  1. hockeyfan763 - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:07 PM

    Fantastic news…Now please put him on JT Millers wing and let them develop together. You can’t teach speed and this kid has it. LGR

  2. jets4gold - Mar 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    Kid is good. Like to see what he can do on a consistent basis

  3. rpiotr01 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Torts needs to let him play and let the chips fall where they may. Stop worrying about jockeying for a crap playoff spot and worry about developing your talented young guys. Playoffs etc will follow, just stop reacting to a bad play here and there with benching.

    • stakex - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:43 PM

      I agree that Torts needs to give Kreider a bit more freedom, and accept that hes going to make some mistakes here and there.

      However, the idea that they would put more focus on one (two if you count Miller) players development then making the playoffs is laughable. This is a team that many people expected to contend for the cup this year. This is not a rebuilding team. They have a ton of talent already, even if some of it isn’t playing well right now… and theres no reason to put all their focus on the development of young talent. Kreider is a bonus to the Ragners if hes playing well, but they don’t NEED him in the near future.

      Also, theres no such thing as a “crap playoff spot”… just ask the Kings how crappy their 8th place finish last year was.

      • rpiotr01 - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:05 PM

        Good post, points taken. A good number of young players have developed under Torts, would like to see him put a little more faith in these guys sometimes.

  4. pwilson264 - Mar 21, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    it’s good to see Chris Kreider back in the line up he can benefit the team. but torts has to, as he says, stop jerking him back and forth, he’s not going to develop his game and confidence buy bringing him up, and then sending him back, his talent will develop more buy getting the time and experience at the nhl level,

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