Thursday, January 24, 2013
Kreider to Connecticut?
By Victoria Matiash
Forward Chris Kreider could be sent back down to the AHL for a spell. As outlined by the New York Post, the rookie hasn't made too positive an impression on the head coach of the New York Rangers to start the season.
“He just hasn’t played well,” John Tortorella said. “That’s something we really have to talk about as an organization.”
"We need to be really careful in how we’re dealing with a kid with a number of assets,” Tortorella added, “to make sure that process is correct for him ... What’s best for Chris and us, we have to make a decision there. Because I don’t want him in a situation here, with the scrutiny on this club, hurting him.”
Kreider tallied just over seven minutes of ice-time in the Rangers' 4-3 OT win over the Boston Bruins.
Of course, Tortorella could simply be trying to light a fire under the 21-year-old -- wouldn't be the first or last use of such a tactic by a coach in any sport. However, there wouldn't be much point in keeping Kreider up in the bigs if he's going to spend so little time on the ice.
Another stint with the Connecticut Whale could be in order, as far as the Rangers are concerned.