Chris Kreider will miss extended time after suffering a foot injury on Saturday
Chris Kreider is expected to miss time after suffering a broken foot in the Rangers’ 5-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday. NHL.com says that Kreider injured his foot in the first period of the game while blocking a shot by the Flyers’ Philippe Myers. New York has not yet reported how long Kreider will be out for.
Teammate Mika Zibanejad said, “it’s tough… I don’t know how to put it into words really. Obviously a key player, key guy in the locker room and on the ice, obviously for our line and the rest of the team. It just [stinks].”
On Monday, Kreider agreed to a seven-year contract extension with the Blueshirts worth $6.5 million per year. He would have become an unrestricted free agent this off-season had he not signed the contract extension.
Coming into their game on Saturday, the Rangers were surging after winning ten of their last 12 games. The Rangers now find themselves trailing the Columbus Blue Jackets by two points in the race for the eighth spot in Eastern Conference Playoffs.
Kreider has been having a career year for the Rangers by recording 43 points in just 63 games this season. He is responsible for 24 goals and 21 assists this year.