May 14 2012; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers left wing Chris Kreider (20) high fives after scoring during the third period in game one in the Eastern Conference finals of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Rangers won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Was Sending Chris Kreider Down the Right Move?

“Every Halloween, I bring a spare costume, in case I strike out with the hottest girl at the party. That way, I have a second chance to make a first impression.” – Barney Stinson

Just one day after John Tortorella declared Chris Kreider a healthy scratch, the New York Rangers have formally announced his demotion to the Connecticut Whale.

During the lockout Kreider played 33 games with the Whale and had 5 goals and 7 assists. He was called up for opening day, but played in just 7 of the first 13 games due to an injury and serving as a healthy scratch on two different occasions. Kreider has 1 goal and 1 assist, while taking just 3 shots on goal.

I personally think Kreider has performed well since returning from his injury. He needs to be more assertive and decisive on the ice, but by no means has he been a liability. Tortorella essentially agreed with this sentiment with his comment, “I don’t think Chris has done anything poorly, on the other hand, I don’t think he’s done anything really good either”.

My main problem with this move is the timing. The Rangers finally established enough depth to create fierce competition for roster spots, and now this move kind of puts an end to that. Essentially every player who was in the lineup yesterday knows that for the near future they will be playing every game.

I understand Kreider needs minutes and the Whale are playing 3 games this weekend, but unless they plan on calling him right back up after the weekend, I cannot get on board  with this move. Kreider had a good thing going with JT Miller and Ryan Callahan until Torts decided to change things up for no reason and deserves another chance to continue to work with those two.

Hopefully Kreider gets his chance to show his skill soon and can leave a more lasting impression on Torts.

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