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Rangers and Kreider avoid arbitration, agree on two-year deal

Jul 23, 2014, 9:56 AM EDT

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Call off the arbitration hearing — Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers have reportedly agreed on a two-year deal worth $2.35 million in the first year and $2.6 million in the second.

Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 games last season. The 23-year-old winger then scored five more times in 15 playoff games.

With Mats Zuccarello also agreeing to a contract, that leaves restricted free agents Derick Brassard and John Moore for the Rangers to get signed.

Brassard’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for July 28 (Monday).

  1. stepanup - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:04 AM

    And the RFA’s work out yet again. 4.75 for Brassard and the rest for Moore. Done and done. Can’t wait for this season with this team.

    • rmccleary97 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:33 AM

      I wouldn’t give Brassard more than 4.5 – he’s never topped 20 goals or 50 points (he was barely on pace for those in ’12-13), while Stepan has hit 20 once (never under 17 in a season, including the 48-game ’12-13) and has topped 50 points twice. If you overpay Brassard, you’re going to have to overpay Stepan more next offseason.

  2. phtjoey - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    “Kreider had 17 goals and 20 assists in 66 games last season. The 23-year-old winger then scored five more times in 15 playoff games.”

    Don’t forget the part of his game which is running goalies.

    • homerx - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      Or being tripped/slashed into goalies depending on how you look at it right?

    • hockey412 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM


    • billiam55 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      idiot. not much one can do when ur legs are slashed and ur going full speed.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:29 AM

        when he ran Anderson, he could get away with that in my book, he was tripped or he sold it well enough. the fleury one was egregious – he went full shoulder into his upper body and rightfully got called for it. he got tapped in the price incident and took another stride after contact so I’m not buying that one at all, plus by then he had a reputation for being reckless. I’m not saying I hate him for it, I like his game otherwise….just seems like he needs to control some of that blazing speed he’s gifted with. you still have a responsibility to control yourself at full speed, its not like “full speed” gives you a free pass to do whatever you want. just like you’re responsible for your stick if its up high, doesn’t matter if someone lifts it or you didn’t mean to.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

        here’s a video for those who thought it was just the price incident in question…the cumulative describes a habitual offender in my book. guys go careers without this many incidents, he got this many in one calendar year.

      • stakex - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:20 PM


        Kreider is a very fast player, that’s no doubt being told to drive the net by the Rangers coaches. These situations will happen, and it does in fact matter when they are the direct result of bring tripped or pushed.

        As for the video: He didn’t run Anderson…. he was clearly tripped while attempting to stop, which is why the ref right there didn’t call a penalty on the play. The Fleury one was also far from “egregious”. He was on a path to avoid contact until pushed by Letang back into Fleury’s direction (which screwed up his stride if you watch his feet). Did he give a little bit of a shoulder? Sure, but that could easily be explained as a natural reaction when about to run into someone. The Price one has been fought over for months, and the bottom line is that he was tripped while on a breakaway…. not his fault.

        At the end of the day, people look for reasons to hate good players on other teams. Kreider is a rising young star, and these over dramatized incidents are simply being used as cover to hate on the guy because of the shirt he wears.

      • jpelle82 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:48 PM

        I already said I don’t hate him, I don’t care what shirt he wears either. just because you’re fast doesn’t give you a free pass to clobber goalies. you’re making an objective argument in what is clearly subjective territory. the only people who know are kreider and the player “pushing” or “tripping” him. we see plenty of other guys avoid goalies in those situations…maybe that will come with maturity for him also.

  3. 950003cups - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Looks like they’ll keep him. Zuccarello gone next year and other money coming off the books, he’ll re-sign an extension next year, barring any complete collapse in his performance.


    • 950003cups - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:17 PM

      I tend not to agree with the thumbs down. I thought Crash Kreider was a good hockey player who didn’t ask too much from his bosses. A team first kind of guy. I thought he was the sole reason the rangers went to the finals. Well, on occasion, I guess it’s possible even for myself, Mr 950003cups, to make a miscalculation. You guys know better than I do I guess. Apparently he’s not well liked by the fans of the blueskirts. Trade him to NJ. We could use a human goalie missile on our roster.

      • 19to77 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

        Go call Boston about Milan Lucic, then. Unlike Chris Kreider, he doesn’t wait until someone puts six feet of lumber in his skates to unleash his diabolical scheme of fake-tripping into the netminder. He just skates right into the poor bastard at full speed and laughs.

        Seriously, how are there people in the world who can watch that Kreider-Price thing and pretend Emelin’s stick doesn’t f–king exist?

      • 950003cups - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:03 PM

        I believe it’s called “embellishing”. You see a stick, it gently taps you, you know you won’t score. So, the next thing is to try to run the goalie with the excuse that the stick totally took your legs out, even though there was one hand on the stick, and it bounced off. Like up the poor defenseless goalie and earn your name “CRASH KREIDER”

      • arrow43050 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:24 AM

        When a guy is faster than everyone else he’s going to get pushed from behind or hacked at with sticks from behind after he gets past the last defender. When the guy pushed from behind is a physical beast like Kreider is and heading directly to the net, he’s going to do damage to whatever or whoever he is pushed into. You want Kreider to stop crashing into goalies? Tell every defenseman to stop being so slow or at least lazy with positioning and stickwork this way they can stop putting their own goalies in jeopardy. Kreider should not have to apologize or change his game because he is bigger and faster than nearly everyone else on the ice. Everyone else needs to just suck at hockey less and everything will be fine.

    • johnstone17 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:13 PM

      I guess you don’t read or listen very well. Zuccarello is still negotiating on a long term deal, which cannot be signed or registered until after the new year. But don’t let facts get in your way.

  4. xdj511 - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:38 AM

    All right! Zucc and Kreids signed for less than expected. Plenty of cap space to give Brassard 4.5 million over 2-3 years and a couple million to J. Moore. Hopefully Zucc signs a long term deal. The Rangers core can stay intact for at least two more years and hopefully make another run at the cup!

    • jpelle82 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

      whats your reasoning behind the idea of zuccarello signing a long term deal? if he was going to, why didn’t he do it now?

      • 950003cups - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:19 PM

        Zuccarello is Brooklyn bound in two years.

      • 19to77 - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        If he waits another season and replicates last year’s performance or even betters it, he’ll be in line for a steep raise made even better by the fact that he’ll be a UFA instead of an RFA. Two seasons of pacing the Rangers in scoring plus the freedom to test the market will mean a WAY bigger contract than he could have demanded from his limited bargaining position this summer. Now all he has to do is put in another good season and he’ll cash in nicely. If the Rangers don’t offer term and money, the market absolutely will. Bottom line is, someone will offer him a long-term contract. It just might not be the Rangers. And honestly, it probably will.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:15 PM

        This deal was to avoid arbitration, no reason to think that both sides can’t hash out a long term deal. If he has a BIG season, he’ll get a better deal, possibly one the Rangers cant afford. If he has a solid but unspectacular year, Rangers should be able to afford him. He’s also stated that he feels loyalty to the Rangers as they were the team that gave him his shot in the NHL.

      • arrow43050 - Jul 24, 2014 at 2:28 AM

        Zuccarello isn’t tall enough to play basketball for the Nets and the Nets, even in two years, will be the only non-minor league team that plays in Brooklyn.

  5. billiam55 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    woo! ya kreids!

  6. xdj511 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM


    I think there is some concern that last season was a fluke. He tried and failed a couple of times to stick with the team, and then he shows up 10-15 games into last season and ends up being their leading scorer. It’s a calculated risk for both sides. If Zucc can keep up the production he’ll make even more money. If he falls flat on his face the Rangers make out by not signing him to a long term deal based on 3/4 of a season and a playoff run. I hope he’s for real but time will tell.

    • jpelle82 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      so do you believe the team only offered one year? or did they offer more than one year at a low ball $$ amount per year as to force him to take the 1 yr deal instead? I work in negotiations and contracts all day every day as a salesman and I don’t see it going down that way at all. the team would want a good player locked in while his stock is low as it is now (only one good season under his belt), not to let him have a prove it year that will end up costing them more in the long run. if he does flop this season, someone on the free market will still pay him and he can choose the highest bidder…he’s still probably gone. if he has a good year, he will test the market to make more because the rangers wont be able to afford him. its a win win for zuccarello which leads me to believe this was zuccarello’s choosing, not the rangers.

      • nebbah306 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:19 PM

        Stock is low? He just led his team in scoring in the regular season, a team that went to the Stanley Cup finals. His stock is higher now than ever before. You are right that if he does it again, his stock is even higher, but if he doesnt, then it will go down from where it is right now.

  7. nashernation - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    There are no flukes in the NHl.. Toughest playoffs in sports. Great deal for both. Brass and Moore fall into place perfect. My new season tickets in the 100s this year are going to be worth every penny.

  8. nyrnashty - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    I like the signing, I think he can score 35-40 goals, I hope he proves that the next two years and we sign him long term.

  9. nebbah306 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:12 PM

    OMG 950003 Cups, the Rangers are losing all their RFA’s like you said they would…oh wait…

    As far as next year goes, I believe the Rangers will lock up Zucc long term, unless he has a crazy year this year. Yea he led the Rangers in points, but still only had 59 points. I can guarantee he doesn’t lead the Rangers again this year, I believe Nash, if he stays healthy, St Louis, Stepan and Kreider will outscore Zucc this year. Also, St Louis will come off the books after this year ($5.6 mill) plus I think Staal will either walk or get traded this season. Finally, I don’t see them re-signing Hagelin if they lock up Zucc, so he could become trade bait as well. He’s a RFA after this season. Future isnt as bleak as you think there Cups

  10. chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM

    Kreider – Stepan – Nash
    Zook – Brassard – Danny Kristo
    Hags – JT Miller – St. Louis
    Glass – Moore – Lee Stempniak

    Girardi – Ry Mac
    Boyle – Staal
    Klein – Moore

    • nebbah306 - Jul 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

      I like it except St Louis shouldn’t be on the third line. Switch him and Kristo.

      • chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        I thought about that – but I wanted to split up St. Louis and Zook.

      • chip56 - Jul 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

        I think with the way AV rolls four lines it doesn’t matter as much which lines are listed as 2nd or 3rd.

  11. rupp246 - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM

    Very happy Ranger fan today! Couple more signings to go! Can’t wait until the start of the season.

  12. bleedrangerblue - Jul 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM

    Way to go with the signing of Kreider. And what the hell does cup mean when he says Ranger fans don’t like Kreider??? All his predictions are wrong.

  13. zuccrobbedtherangers - Jul 23, 2014 at 10:22 PM

    Yes, awesome news and if he doesn’t get signed again there is always dancing with the stars.

  14. ftde70 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Am I missing something? They resign a 17 goal scorer and a 19 goal scorer (with a decent amount of assists) and this is huge? Doesn’t every team have several of these? Decent players but complementary at best..

    • nebbah306 - Jul 24, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Part of the reason the Rangers went to the SCF was their balanced scoring. They were able to roll 4 lines and get scoring from all different areas. Zucc was their leading scorer, so bringing him back is obviously a big deal, and Kreider has a ton of potential. I think he’ll break the 25 goal mark this year, maybe even net 30.

  15. ftde70 - Jul 25, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    It was more of a balanced lack of scoring. They went to the SCF due to the talents of their goalie. Zucc being the leading scorer and not a role player is the sign of a problem.

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