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10-31-2013, 04:00 PM
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eco's bones
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I'm pretty sure that Kreider's disappointing first pro season was not an effort on his part to get his coach fired. It's almost as if there are a couple people here trying to infer such.

Some of the problem IMO was that with the lockout and the shortened season and no training camp Tortorella didn't have the time or the patience to get Chris's game up to speed to play in a way that he wanted him to. He went with the players he knew and of those he didn't know he went with vets like Pyatt, Halpern, Asham. Chris when he was up with the Rangers kind of got stuck out in the no man's land of over thinking and playing 4th line minutes with the worst offensive forwards on the team.

Should not compare his game to Miller's. Miller is more your up and down your wing winger. Even though he's younger he has a stronger foundation of a playing career to draw from.

That Kreider seems to have turned a corner should be a reason to rejoice not a reason to grumble about his struggles a year ago. Like it or not last year if only because of the lockout was a ****ed up season for lots of players--and it's not surprising that a first year pro would be greatly affected by it.

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