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A Potentially Big Ranger Decision

The New York Rangers signed their 2009 first round draft pick Chris Kreider to a three year entry level contract on Tuesday.  He is fresh off helping his Boston College team win the NCAA championship.  He is joining the New York Rangers for their playoff run.  Is he NHL ready?  More than likely we will find out.  If Kreider plays one game in the playoff run, it will count as the first year of his entry level contract.  Is that a cost that the Rangers can justify?  Is Kreider better in his first ever NHL game than any of the 12 forwards that got the Rangers to the playoffs?  I am sceptical.  I think the Rangers would be better served saving his entry level contract into the future by saving his NHL debut until next year.  It is hard to imagine that he is ready to make an NHL impact in his first game in the Stanley Cup playoffs and if he can’t why blow off a year in his contract for it?

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Only way he plays is if somebody gets hurt.  I don’t even think he sees the ice to try and inject scoring if they need it.  they will wait on him if they can.  I think they signed him so he could sit up in the press box and learn during the playoff run.

Posted by Mike B on 04/13/12 at 11:47 AM ET

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Sorry to correct you, but his first year entry level contract was burned the second he signed on the dotted line.  Doesn’t matter if he plays a game or not.  As far as playing, I think he could be put in for John Mitchell who simply was not playing well to end the season and did not look good at all last night.  If the Rangers go up 2 or 3-0 in the series, look for Mitchell to sit and Kreider to get a look.  Entry level year one already done.

Posted by EL from New York, NY on 04/13/12 at 01:54 PM ET

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From NHL.com:

The Rangers burned the first year of Kreider’s three-year entry-level just by having him practice, but that doesn’t mean he’s guaranteed a spot in the lineup any time soon.

From the NY Post:

Kreider, 20, was the Rangers first-round pick (19th overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft. By signing his entry-level contract now, he eliminates the first year of his three-year deal, reported to carry an annual salary-cap hit of about $1.3 million.

Posted by EL from New York, NY on 04/13/12 at 02:05 PM ET

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