For the second time in his NHL career, Chris Kreider has narrowly avoided salary arbitration. Kreider, who has spent his entire professional career with the Rangers organization, reportedly signed a four year contract with New York. Details regarding the contract have not been released, but CBC is reporting that he will earn $18.5 million over four seasons.
Kreider has played two full seasons in with the Rangers after splitting time between the NHL and AHL for two years. Kreider had his best offensive season in 2014-15, scoring 21 goals and recording 25 assists. His numbers were only slightly lower last season - he scored 21 goals again and picked up 22 assists. Kreider did manage to significantly decrease his penalty minutes last season, going from 88 in 2014-15 to 58 in 2015-16.
Kreider has been an important playoff presence for the Rangers, scoring 7 goals in 19 games in 2014-15 and 2 goals in 5 ames last season. He's a player that should continue to improve and to help the Rangers on their quest to win the Stanley Cup.
Kreider's teammate and fellow BC alum, Kevin Hayes, is scheduled for salary arbitration with the Rangers on July 27th, Kreider is the third player that New York has avoided arbitration with this summer, so it wouldn't be surprising to see a deal for Hayes soon.