Jun 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) chases after the puck against the Los Angeles Kings during the first overtime period in game five of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

New York Rangers sign Chris Kreider, avoid arbitration

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The New York Rangers avoided an arbitration hearing with Chris Kreider by signing the speedy forward to a two year deal worth nearly $5 million, per Larry Brooks of the New York Post. The team’s first round pick in 2009 tallied 17 goals and 20 assists last season in 66 games played with the Rangers. It was the first full season for Kreider in the NHL.

Kreider’s first taste of the NHL came in the 2012 playoffs. He racked up five goals and two assists in 18 playoff games with the team. The lockout in the fall of 2012 stunted his development some and relegated him to the AHL for much of the season. In the 2013-14 season though, Kreider was a full time contributor.

In addition to his regular season production, Kreider tacked on another five goals and eight assists in 15 playoff games during the Rangers’ run to the Stanley Cup Finals.

The Rangers can now turn their attention to their last major restricted free agent, Derick Brassard. The team signed Mats Zuccarello to a one year deal yesterday, they’ve locked up Kreider today, and now it stands to reason they will sign something with Brassard so they have 12 forwards under contract for the upcoming season.

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