New York Rangers: Enough With Feeling Sorry For Chris Kreider

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Last night when the New York Rangers announced that captain Ryan Callahan would miss the next 3-4 weeks with a broken thumb, many fans assumed that Chris Kreider would be the call up to replace Callahan for the time being.

I for one did not think the Rangers would do this since the next time the Rangers’ organization wants Kreider up in the NHL, they want him to be ready and up there permanently.

I don’t know about you, but I have not even heard an update on Kreider since the season began so how is he now NHL ready?

And before you jump down my throat, this is a different situation than with J.T. Miller. Unlike Kreider, Miller shows a strong work ethic, doesn’t hesitate, and always hustles.  Plus this is now the second head coach, first John Tortorella and now Alain Vigneault, who have seen the flaws in Kreider’s game and want him to fine tune them before returning to the NHL.

So far in four games in the AHL this season, Kreider has two goals and an assist.  Not bad but also not great if you are NHL ready in my honest opinion.

If Kreider wants to make this team then he has to do that on his own account and not because of an injury. And I think Vigneault and GM Glen Sather know that.  I mean if Kreider wants to be given a fair shot then he has to earn that right. What he did in the playoffs two years ago does not entitle him to be in the Rangers’ starting lineup in 2013-14.

All in all, it is up to Kreider, and only Kreider, whether he should be on the Rangers or not.

Steven Carollo is a New York Rangers’ and sports writer for Follow him on Twitter, add him on Facebook, connect with him on LinkedIn and join his Google network.

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  • paulronty

    Actually you are wrong. Kreider is NHL ready & fast should be sent down to the AHL because he is not ready. Kreider & Miller are dynamic together & should play with Stepan. Powe is a waste of space.

    • Steven Carollo

      I agree on your point about Fast but I like what Powe brings on the penalty kill. I just think when Kreider gets called up next that it has to be permanently. We can’t have him going up and down again. He should know by now what he needs to do game in and game out to stay in the NHL and right now AV and Sather don’t think he is ready yet. Maybe soon but not yet. And I don’t think it is because the Rangers hate him which I have been reading alot and what inspired me to write this article

  • Jake Jones

    First of all nobody feels sorry for kreider so stop acting like a whining girl. You obviously havent watched or kept track of the hartford Wolfpack. Kreider has been the most consistent forward. Miller might have had more goals but kreider was using his strengths the way the rangers wnat him to. I agree he should be called up when he is fully ready but that is not far away. AV already said that Kreider is very close so expect him to be up by next month at the latest

    • Steven Carollo

      I am a Rangers fan and all I have been reading on social media is how Kreider isn’t getting a fair chance and should be called up immediately. He has been lazy in the NHL at times and needs to earn a spot and maintain a better work ethic. I respect your opinion but I don’t get how that is being like a whining girl. To me that is all of the people I keep reading complaining that the Rangers organization hates him and don’t want to give him a chance

      • BadNewsBronson