Kreider’s First NHL Practice (Updated With Kreider Quotes)

Update, 1:05 p.m.:
Here some post practice quotes from Kreider (via Daily News & Rangers)…

On whether he considered waiting till training camp to join the team…

“That was an option. There were several different ways to look at it, but they (the Rangers) were pretty adamant about getting started and getting down here as soon as possible. So I wanted to do that, I wanted to help however I could.”

On the Rangers giving young guys a chance…

“Yeah definitely, but those guys have earned it. And I still think I need to earn that level of respect and that time.”

On what he expects his role will be…

“I have no expectations coming in…just going to try and be a sponge”

John Tortorella chimed in on Kreider…

“We’re happy he’s here, and he’s a Ranger,” said Tortorella, who would not take questions on Kreider after making a statement. “From there, we go day-by-day. We’re not gonna tell you our lineups. I’m not gonna get involved in any of that, but this is a young man that we feel has a great future, and it started with us today. So he’s signed, he’s us and we move on with our business.”

…Kreider displaying the maturity that has me so excited for the kid.

…great job by Torts taking the focus off Kreider by cutting off the questioning. One thing about this year’s version of the Rangers, it’s not about the individuals, it’s all about the team. 

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Here’s your first view of Chris Kreider in a Rangers practice uniform (via Rangers Twitter)…

The Rangers report that Kreider is practicing on the third line with Brian Boyle, Brandon Dubinsky and Ruslan Fedotenko.

…welcome to New York, Chris!!!!!

…wonder if Dubi and Feds are a little worried having Kreider on their line.

Here’s a salary update on Kreider…

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