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Let's just say that Rangers coach John Tortorella did not roll out the welcome mat for Chris Kreider.
Before Thursday's game against the Panthers, Tortorella revealed that Kreider was one of many candidates considered for recall from the AHL's Connecticut Whale in the wake of an injury to Brian Boyle; Kreider was selected based on his speed.
And from the sounds of it, Tortorella isn't entirely convinced of the decision.
"We want to play with a little pace, so that's who we go with," Tortorella said. "There's a number of guys we talked about. I'm still not crazy about bringing a kid here, but we felt with his assets, his speed especially, that's who we'll go with."
Tortorella has been critical of Kreider's play previously this season. Earlier this month Kreider was sent back down to the minors after the coach expressed his concern about the 21-year-old winger's ability to handle his responsibilities on the ice.
Kreider's recall was a necessity given Boyle's injury, however; Boyle was forced from Tuesday's 4-2 loss in Philadelphia with a lower-body injury.
In a rare injury update (granted, I'm using the word "update" generously), Tortorella revealed that Boyle will not be available when the team travels to Buffalo on Friday to take on the 10th-place Sabres.
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