Rookie left wing Chris Kreider played just 7:21 in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Bruins, and committed a bad hooking penalty in the first period and sat for long stretches in both the second and third. His next stop may be back with Connecticut (AHL), where he played 33 games during the NHL lockout. "He just hasn't played well; I don't have a reason," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "It's something we really need to talk about as an organization. I still think he needs to go through the process." Kreider signed his entry-level contract with the Rangers in April after his junior season at Boston College, which he led to its second NCAA title in three years. He jumped right into the Rangers' postseason lineup and scored five goals with two assists in 18 playoff games. But he struggled with the Whale during the lockout, scoring five goals with seven assists while compiling a minus-6. Tortorella said he does not want to hurt Kreider's development. "We need to be really careful in how we're dealing with a kid," Tortorella said. "It's a discussion we have to have." Tortorella said one thing that has hurt Kreider is not going through a full NHL training camp. "We have to make the correct decision with the player so we don't hurt him as he goes through the process."
Rookie bound for minors?
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