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Kreider agrees to terms with Rangers

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Forward avoids arbitration hearing with new deal


NEW YORK-Around this time of year in the NHL, you start hearing about arbitration hearings. The New York Rangers had one scheduled with forward Chris Kreider for today. For the second time in three years, they were able to avoid it.

Kreider and the Rangers agreed to a new contract on Friday, reportedly worth $18.5 million over the next four years.

The 25-year-old tied his career high with 21 goals in 79 games and added 22 assists last season. He went on to tally two goals in New York’s first round playoff loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins this past spring.

In 248 career regular season games, all with the Rangers, Kreider has tallied 61 goals and 129 points. He’s also notched 20 goals and 33 points in 65 career playoff games.

It is the third time this summer New York has avoided arbitration, having already agreed to new contracts with forward J.T. Miller and defenseman Dylan McIlrath.

Kreider’s signing helps the Rangers maintain part of the speed game they like to play with at times. The Massachusetts native is one of the fastest players on the team and in the league.