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07:33 AM ET 09.30 | Though they had another day to do so, the Rangers on Sunday trimmed their roster to 24 players. [And] there were a few surprises. Forward Chris Kreider was sent down to the Hartford Wolfpack, the team's top minor league affiliate, having not quite convinced Coach Alain Vigneault that he is ready for the N.H.L. Many believed that under Vigneault, Kreider would receive a more sympathetic hearing than he had under John Tortorella. ... Kreider did not look great on the Rangers' brutal preseason trip (four games in five nights in Alberta, British Columbia and Nevada, all defeats, by a combined score of 18-5). But then, few players did. Kreider, a 22-year-old wing, will start the season in the American Hockey League, still waiting to fulfill the promise of his professional debut in the 2012 playoffs.

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September 30, 2013  08:59 AM ET

Many believed that under Vigneault, Kreider would receive a more sympathetic hearing than he had under John Tortorella. ...

or maybe he isn't as good as they think?

September 30, 2013  09:13 AM ET

I was expecting him to step up this year. This is unfortunate.

September 30, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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I was expecting him to step up this year. This is unfortunate.

maybe some more "seasoning' would help. he has speed, he isn't afraid to go get the puck.....

September 30, 2013  09:34 AM ET
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Many believed that under Vigneault, Kreider would receive a more sympathetic hearing than he had under John Tortorella. ...or maybe he isn't as good as they think?

That may very well be the case. I'm sure he'll get called up at some point during the season and he'll get another shot a proving himself.

September 30, 2013  09:37 AM ET
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That may very well be the case. I'm sure he'll get called up at some point during the season and he'll get another shot a proving himself.

exactly. I do find that most teams tend to rush someone that shows even a hint of promise...and that goes for all sports

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September 30, 2013  09:55 AM ET
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I was expecting him to step up this year. This is unfortunate.

Are you Kreidering in your beer, BF? Cheer up! You still have Brad Richards to brighten your days! :-)

September 30, 2013  10:28 AM ET
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Many believed that under Vigneault, Kreider would receive a more sympathetic hearing than he had under John Tortorella. ...or maybe he isn't as good as they think?

Kid has alot of maturing to do; this aint Hockey East anymore.

Kreider needs to use his size and speed consistantly; and until he demonstrates that he aint getting quality minutes on the big club. He may end up being another one of those great college players than never transitions well to the NHL despite possessing great talent.

September 30, 2013  10:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

I was expecting him to step up this year. This is unfortunate.

didnt surprise me in the least

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September 30, 2013  10:59 AM ET
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Are you Kreidering in your beer, BF? Cheer up! You still have Brad Richards to brighten your days! :-)

Torts was on TSN yesterday one of the topics was Richards. He got a little emotional when talking about how things ended up between the two. One thing about Torts is he does give a good interview.

September 30, 2013  11:18 AM ET
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Torts was on TSN yesterday one of the topics was Richards. He got a little emotional when talking about how things ended up between the two. One thing about Torts is he does give a good interview.

Well, you want to watch all of his interviews anyway. How long do you think it will be before he has a meltdown in Vancouver? Don't misunderstand, I tend to agree with most of his comments criticizing the dingbats in the press corps. Sometimes I think he hurts himself a little though. Those suckers can nip at your heels constantly, 25 hours a day for the whole season. Hard to beat them if they really decide to hurt you.

September 30, 2013  11:21 AM ET
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Kid has alot of maturing to do; this aint Hockey East anymore.Kreider needs to use his size and speed consistantly; and until he demonstrates that he aint getting quality minutes on the big club. He may end up being another one of those great college players than never transitions well to the NHL despite possessing great talent.

+1000000

September 30, 2013  11:22 AM ET
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Well, you want to watch all of his interviews anyway. How long do you think it will be before he has a meltdown in Vancouver? Don't misunderstand, I tend to agree with most of his comments criticizing the dingbats in the press corps. Sometimes I think he hurts himself a little though. Those suckers can nip at your heels constantly, 25 hours a day for the whole season. Hard to beat them if they really decide to hurt you.

"never argue with anyone that buys ink by the gallon" Tommy lasorda(I think)

September 30, 2013  11:24 AM ET

Hartford Wolfpack???? Come on! The "team's top minor league affiliate" is called the Connecticut Whale!

September 30, 2013  11:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Torts was on TSN yesterday one of the topics was Richards. He got a little emotional when talking about how things ended up between the two. One thing about Torts is he does give a good interview.

He had the Rangers going in the right direction. You can't blame him for losing to the Bruins, a better team. Also he's stuck with the players they sign. He's going to need a bigger doghouse in Vancouver though.

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September 30, 2013  11:40 AM ET
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Hartford Wolfpack???? Come on! The "team's top minor league affiliate" is called the Connecticut Whale!

wrong!
Went back to the WolfPack

 
September 30, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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He had the Rangers going in the right direction. You can't blame him for losing to the Bruins, a better team. Also he's stuck with the players they sign. He's going to need a bigger doghouse in Vancouver though.

Yeah that and the fact he relied heavily on Richards, who just never showed up in the shortened season.

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