Kreider signed a four-year, $18.5 million contract extension with the Rangers on Friday, CBC's Tim Wharnsby reports, adding that the deal includes a $1 million signing bonus in the first three years. By agreeing to this new contract, Kreider and the Blueshirts narrowly avoided a salary arbitration hearing. It's hard to miss Kreider when he's out there on the ice; at 6-foot-3, 230 pounds, defenders have fits trying to move him off the puck and it's resulted in plenty of offense early in his career -- Kreider has generated 129 points (61 goals, 68 assists) over four years and 248 career games in the NHL. Once the elite wingers are off the board in fantasy drafts, give Kreider a look.
Kreider elected for salary arbitration Tuesday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. Per the NHLPA, Kreider is one of 24 players to have filed for arbitration before the July 5 deadline. The window for arbitration hearings runs from July 20 through August 4, but the two sides could reach a deal before then. Given that the 25 year-old is a fixture on the power play and has recorded 89 points over the last two seasons alone, it's critical for the Blueshirts to retain the restricted free agent.
Kreider scored the game-winning goal on a third-period breakaway Tuesday against the Lightning. After Derek Stepan brought the Rangers back from a 2-0 deficit to a 2-2 tie with a pair of goals, Kreider followed with a pretty deke on his breakaway against Tampa goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy to make the difference in the game. Although this has been a disappointing campaign on the whole for Kreider, who's likely to fall short of last year's 46 points (he has 42 now), he's been on a heater down the stretch -- eight points in the last six games now, with six PIM and a plus-5 to boot. The Boston College product has had a tendency to turn invisible on the ice at times, so it's nice to see him being noticeable out there on a nightly basis heading into the postseason.
Kreider scored a goal and dished out an assist in a 4-2 win over the Blue Jackets on Monday. He also skated to a plus-2. What's most impressive is that his production came in just 11:46 of ice time in this one. Kreider has been on a little tear of late, piling up seven points in the last five games. He's heating up at just the right time, as the Rangers will need all hands on deck if they hope to make it out of the Eastern Conference when the playoffs commence in just over a week.
Kreider picked up a helper for No. 20 on the year and added two hits in Saturday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres. Kreider is finishing up a solid campaign, notching three goals -- two on the power play -- and two assists in his last four outings. The 24-year-old has now reached 20 apples for the third consecutive season and remains a key cog on the first line for the Rangers.
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