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Kreider healed, expects to return for Rangers after pause

Forward fractured foot during game Feb. 28

by Dan Rosen @drosennhl / Senior Writer

Kreider's pretty backhander

NYR@CHI: Kreider drives to net, slips backhander home

Chris Kreider kicks the puck to his stick, drives to the net and sneaks a backhander past Robin Lehner to extend the Rangers' lead to 4-2

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Chris Kreider's fractured foot has healed, and the New York Rangers forward said Monday he should be able to play if the NHL season resumes.

Kreider was injured blocking a shot in a game at the Philadelphia Flyers on Feb. 28. He was expected to miss 4-6 weeks.

The NHL season has been paused since March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus. There is no timetable for when the season might resume.

"My foot feels good," Kreider said during a videoconference arranged by the NHL. "[My] foot was better a few weeks ago. I'm able to work on rehabbing it and getting it back to where it was now."

Kreider said he's been rehabbing at home in Connecticut, just outside New York City, since the pause.

"It gives me an opportunity to get outside a little bit, but really I haven't seen many people," Kreider said. "Just kind of slowly losing my mind [trying] to keep busy."

On Feb. 24, Kreider agreed to terms with the Rangers on a seven-year contract worth $6.5 million annually. He has 45 points (24 goals, 21 assists) in 63 games this season.

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