New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather has built a reputation of driving a hard bargain with his team's restricted free agents, especially those coming off their entry-level contracts.

That story line replayed itself again in the latest negotiation with Chris Kreider, who reportedly sought $2.8 million per season on a two-year contract. Instead, the 23-year-old settled on a $4.95 million deal, $2.35 million next season and $2.6 million in 2015-16, thus avoiding arbitration minutes before his hearing.

Kreider, still considered a rookie last season despite 23 regular-season games and multiple playoff series under his belt, began the season in the American Hockey League and finished as one of the team's best forwards.