Chris Kreider was on NHL Tonight on Monday night and spoke about his new contract:
- On his new deal, "It's really exciting to know that I will be back for a few more seasons with a good group of guys, really good coaching staff and really great management."
- On his workout routine, "I'm really lucky to have grown up in an area with great resources at my disposal up on the north short of Massachusetts with Mike Boyle and Ben Bruno and I was lucky enough to touch base with Ben Prentiss at the beginning of my pro career and I've been lucky to have great resources in my backyard."
- Scott Gomez asks about how the Rangers can be more consistent, "coming off a 100 point season, sometimes it's hard to criticize some of the things that you do over the course of the year but I definitely think we were inconsistent at times and our goalie bailed us out and we had a few individual performances that bailed us out, if you ask anyone I think they would say that. On a nightly basis I think it comes down to guys getting better over the summer and coming back with a chip on their shoulder."
- Gomez asks what Kreider wants to improve the most on, "for me it's about getting to the net on a consistent basis, taking the body first and foremost and creating space for me and my teammates and getting to that blue paint."
- On the Derick Brassard trade and bringing in Mika Zibanejad, "any time there is a trade like that it can be initially tough because Brass is such an amicable guy and well liked in our room, it's hard to see such a great guy go but he will have a ton of success in Ottawa and they are lucky to get a player like that. At the same token we are getting back a very capable and young player, strong fast, really well rounded considering that he is 22-23 years old. We have seen him a decent amount being in the East but he isn't in our division so I don't see him a ton but I think it's a great trade for both teams."
- On getting a deal done before arbitration, "Anytime you can avoid arbitration it's probably good for both parties, certainly a weight off my chest not having to go through that and giving me the opportunity to head home to Boston a little earlier in the weekend. All in all it was a good morning."
- Cooling thing you have done this summer is, "I had the opportunity to spend more time with my family than I normally would and we were able to go to Hawaii for about a week and a half and was able to do that and then go to a good friend and former teammate but now rival John Moore, he got married. To be able to do that over the course of a couple of weeks, that was a really good part of my summer."