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Chris Kreider finishes third in Fastest Skater Competition

8:04 PM: In the All-Star “Save Streak” event, Kreider scored once on Andrei Vasilevski and was stopped by Jack Campbell.

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7:53 PM: Chris Kreider finished third in the Fastest Skater Competition.

He finished with a time of 13.664.

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Chris Kreider named First Star of the Week

The NHL has announced that Chris Kreider has been named the NHL’s First Star of the week.

From the NHL:

  • Kreider topped the NHL with 5-2—7 in three games to propel the Metropolitan Division-leading Rangers (27-11-4, 58 points) to a 2-1-0 week. He registered one of five unanswered goals as New York overcame a two-goal deficit for a 6-3 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs Jan. 19. Kreider then potted 1-1—2, his 12th multi-point performance of the season, in a 6-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes Jan. 21. He capped the week by matching a career high with four points (3-1—4), scoring once while shorthanded, at even strength and on the power play to record his fifth career hat trick in a 7-3 triumph over the Arizona Coyotes Jan. 22.
  • The 30-year-old Boxford, Mass., native has found the back of the net in five straight contests (dating to Jan. 13: 8-2—10) to move into a share of the League lead with a career-high 29 goals in 42 total outings this season (29-13—42). Kreider, who is set to participate in the 2022 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend, also ranks among the top 2021-22 performers in power-play goals (1st; 14), power-play points (3rd; 20), shooting percentage (10th; 22.1%) and points (16th; 42).

Kreider was also named the NHLPA’s player of the week.

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Chris Kreider’s fractured foot is is better

Chris Kreider was on an NHL Zoom call Monday with former teammates Kevin Hayes and Keith Yandle, along with Chris Wagner, to discuss their roots in Boston.

While on the call, Kreider was asked about his fractured foot and said “my foot feels good…foot was better a few weeks ago so I’m able to work on rehabbing it and getting it back to where it was.”

He added that during the quarantine he is outside of NYC and in Connecticut, “it gives me an opportunity to get outside a little bit but really haven’t seen many people. Just kind of slowly losing my mind trying to do things to keep busy.”

Jeff Gorton said on March 4th that Kreider was likely to be out 4-6 weeks.

Kreider had begun skating with the Rangers at their morning skates shortly before the league was paused.

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Chris Kreider skating at the Rangers morning skate

3/11/20 | Joe Micheletti said on MSG that Kreider was skating in full uniform this morning.

3/10/20 | 7:38PM: David Quinn spoke before the game and said (NYR):

  • On Kreider, “Still very precautionary. If you see him…he’s not coming back tomorrow night, for sure. He’s making progress.”
  • Is he where you expected, “yea, maybe a little ahead of but there is no timeline, you never know with this type of situation. It’s about how you feel daily and how quickly you can heal.”
  • Did he just want to see how it felt to skate, “Yea. When you have a lower body injury in your foot you feel differently in a skate than you do in a sneaker or shoe. I think he wanted to figure out how it would feel.”
  • How did it feel, “I’ll be honest, I haven’t asked him. He’s not in the lineup tonight so I don’t even talk to him.” (Laughs)

12:41PM: Chris Kreider, in sweatshirt and sweatpants, is skating during the Rangers optional morning skate in Dallas. (NYR)

Kreider was seen taking shots on Henrik Lundqvist and skating with skills coach Mark Ciaccio.

David Quinn said on Monday that Kreider is “coming along, coming along and making good progress. He’s walking with less than a limp so that is a good sign.”

Jeff Gorton said last week that the prognosis for Kreider’s fractured foot was likely to be 4-6 weeks.

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What Jeff Gorton said about Chris Kreider at the GM Meetings

Jeff Gorton spoke with EJ Hradek at the GM meetings and said (NHL Network)

On the trade deadline and keeping Kreider, “I think that, first of all, our team has played particularly well in recent time here and up until the home and home with Philly we were about 9-1, had a nine-game winning streak on the road, things we were really proud of with where our group is at. It was important, with Kreider in particular, that he’s a big piece of the team and if we are going to move it forward, we have a lot of young players, we need some guys that have been around and impactful to our team and Chris is a core piece. We felt like it was a priority to keep him and move forward with our group. At his age, the way he keeps himself in condition, his production, the way he skates, he’s taylor-made for the NHL. That was important for us. The trade with Brady Skjei, it was a move that we felt like the future of our defense is in pretty good shape and having the flexibility moving forward. We are going to have other players that we have to sign and you always have those issues, the cap gets in your way sometimes and this might be one of those times.”

On the Kreider prognosis, “we are obviously hopeful sooner than later but with these things, it’s weight bearing when you break your foot. I think that if you look over time, some of the people that have had the same type of injury, you are looking at 4-6 weeks as probably realistic. I know Chris is looking at it as being back sooner and if you see the kind of condition he’s in and his work ethic it’s hard to bet against him. We are hopeful sooner than that and take it one game at a time without him.”

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Chris Kreider has a fractured foot and will not return

3/1/20 | There is no update yet on Kreider’s status.

2/28/20 | 10:19PM: David Quinn didn’t have an update on Kreider after the game.

8:09PM: The Rangers have announced that Chris Kreider suffered a fractured foot in the first period and will not return.

Kreider blocked a shot from Philippe Myers at 12:40 of the first period and took one 10 second shift before going to the locker room.

Adam Rotter: Well, this is certainly a big blow to the Rangers. They’ve been pretty healthy this year, especially with key players, except for Mika Zibanejad’s injury earlier in the year and the injury Igor Shesterkin suffered in his car accident. It reminds me a bit of when Zdeno Chara broke Ryan Callahan’s leg/ankle in 2011. Kreider has been such a key Ranger this season and if this injury does keep him out long-term it’s almost as if he was traded at the deadline. Of course Kreider will be back for the next seven seasons, but as it relates to this one, the Rangers may play the rest of the regular season without a core player.

As for who can/will take his spot in the lineup, Artemi Panarin could move to play with Zibanejad but that doesn’t seem likely unless it’s a last resort. Brendan Lemieux doesn’t have Kreider’s size, and he isn’t as fast, but he does create space on the ice and go to the net. The Rangers are deeper on the RW than LW and Pavel Buchnevich could switch to the LW but this could be a chance for Kaapo Kakko to assume a top-six role. Julien Gauthier has the same kind of size and speed as Kreider so he would be an interesting option as well.