It's about time for a Kreider thread
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12-01-2013, 03:33 AM
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I don't think so. Completely wrong. AV came in right away and said everyone had a fresh start and how they played would dictate whether they played or not. AV didn't know his players yet. He struggled with his line combinations. Chris came out sluggish and wasn't the best fit with Richards. Therefore, AV handled it like he has with every other player promised a spot in the offseason that hasn't lived up to their name, he scratched him from the roster. CK was in a position to be able to prove he was ready to start fresh by playing lights out in Hartford... guys like Zucc, MDZ, and Moore don't have that luxury.
CK had a stretch of games last year where he lit it up for Hartford. He was called up and still given 4th line minutes (3 minutes per game). No matter how he played he was in Torts' dog house - up and down from AHL to NHL and perpetually playing minimal time with people with 1/8 his talent.
AV gave him a chance to succeed. He's given him the best linemates possible. Can't say Torts would even doing consider that.
AV sent him to the minors. Kreider played well in CT, and came up playing like the Rangers best forward from Detroit onwards. Kreider has played like a guy who deserves a lot of icetime, and so Vigneault has granted him such. He wasn't given an opportunity, he seized the job - Vigneault didn't think he was anymore ready out of 2013 training camp than Torts did last year.
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