Chris Kreider said that he is feeling "really good" this summer and is continuing to stay at a lower weight like he did when he returned last season. (Salem News)
- He said in June that he was feeling 110%.
- Kreider missed time due to a blood clot and rib resection surgery last year.
Kreider said that he played at around 230 pounds prior to his injury last season and that now he is under 220 but still feels "really strong." (Salem News)
He noted that the lighter weight could help him be more mobile and "quicker to an extent." (Salem News)
Kreider lost more than 20 pounds as a result of surgery last season and said that it was the best "physically" he has ever felt. (NY Post)
The Rangers think that Kreider could take on a bigger leadership role this season.
Kreider had 5 goals and 10 assists in 21 games after his return, putting 44shots on goal and averaging 15:42 per game.
He has two-years left on his deal at a cap hit of $4.6 million.
Adam Rotter: A healthy Chris Kreider is important to the Rangers in so many different ways. He's a leader, works hard and if they want to have any chance of being around the playoffs, they are going to need him to keep progressing and work with Mika Zibanejad to create 2/3 of a top line that the Rangers can really build around. It's hard to think that Kreider can be faster than he already is but if he can keep his strength and get to pucks and make plays quicker at a lower weight, all the better for the Rangers.