After returning from his injury, Chris Kreider said that he lost around 15 points and was feeling faster on the ice. (NY Post)
Kreider said that he plans to stay at his current weight and that it allows him get around the ice "a millisecond" sooner. (NY Post)
Kreider said that the slight increase in speed gives him a "huge advantage" on the ice. (NY Post)
On how played after returning, Kreider said that it helps to have two "healthy lungs" but that Mika Zibanejad and Jesper Fast are such easy guys to play with. (Newsday)
He said that during this offseason his focus will be on getting healthier, stronger and ready to go for next season. (NYR)
When asked about the possibility of a leadership role, Kreider said that when he got hurt he was still one of the younger guys on the team but that when he returned he was one of the older guys. (NYR)
He said that he is just focused on being who he is and doing what he can to get better every day. (NYR)
Kreider will play for Team USA at the World Championships next month, saying that he wants to play more hockey after missing the time he did this season. (NYR)
Kreider had 14 points in 18 games to end the season.
Adam Rotter: Kreider will turn 27 right before the World Championships start and hopefully he can play a big role for Team USA and end this strange season for him on a good note. Kreider has had a lot of good veteran leaders to learn from so far in his career, Brad Richards, Marty St. Louis and Rick Nash, and now it's on him to impart some of that wisdom to his teammates. He and Mika Zibanejad were great down the stretch and very well could be 2/3 of the Rangers top-line next season. If the two of them progress and keep their chemistry going the Rangers will be able to take a big step forward in their rebuild without adding anyone.