Chris Kreider and the New York Rangers have come to an agreement, avoiding arbitration.
Chris Kreider’s arbitration was scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 and with five days to spare he inked a four-year contract worth $18.5 million; averaging $4.6 million a year.
The divide between the Kreider camp and the Rangers’ front office was a little more than $1 million when they submitted their briefs. In those briefs, Chris asked for $4.75 million while the Rangers were prepared to pay $3.2 million.
“For us, the term was the right amount and for the team that amount was the right amount, so we were able to come together on both sides,” said Kreider’s agent Matt Keator, per USA Today.
The 25-year-old left winger has played his entire professional career with the New York Rangers. He has played in 248 games and 65 playoff games in his four years with the Madison Square Garden residents.
In those 248 games, he scored 61 goals and 129 points with an unimpressive +47 rating. In the 65 playoff games that Kreider was a part of he scored 20 goals and had 33 points. The Rangers are going to expect more offensive production during both the regular and off-season now.
It was almost guaranteed that Kreider would not receive the $4.75 million he was asking for. However, he was the winner of this negation. Yes, the Rangers do not have to worry about Kreider going into the free agency anytime soon, but they gave up a lot more money than they were hoping to.
The New York Rangers also added center Kevin Hayes, whose arbitration hearing was also quickly approaching.
Hayes signed a two-year contract worth $5.2 million dollars; an average of $2.6 million. Hayes will be making almost the same amount that Kreider made after his first arbitration.