Chris Kreider, whose long-term future with the Rangers remains uncertain, received a lukewarm vote of confidence from team president John Davidson on Thursday.
“I totally expect him to be in camp,” Davidson told NHL.com. “It’s hard to make promises. Things change, but Chris is a valued member of the New York Rangers and I look forward to him having a great camp and a great run with us.
“He’s got one year left, and that should be a whole lot of importance to him to come in and have a great camp and a great year, and we’ll just see where it all goes.”
Kreider’s future became uncertain after the Rangers signed 27-year-old star winger Artemi Panarin to a seven-year, $81.5 million deal (annual salary-cap hit just over $11.6 million,) on July 1, the opening of NHL free agency. The Blueshirts signings of Jacob Trouba (seven years, $56M, cap hit $8M), and Pavel Buchnevich (two years, $3.25 million per season) also will make it difficult for the Rangers to keep the veteran.