No Discipline For Kreider

With the home opener just a few hours away, there will be no league discipline for Chris Kreider. His late hit on Blue Jackets forward Alex Wennberg resulted in a concussion in the first period of Friday’s Rangers’ 4-2 win at Columbus. Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline tweeted the update.

I devoted a post to the hit last night and gave my take. With Kreider catching Wennberg after he released the puck and making chest and head contact, I thought he would face NHL discipline. Especially with Wennberg sustaining a head injury which will keep him out indefinitely.

Isn’t that what the league wants to prevent? Odd. I guess the league viewed it differently. It was obviously a missed penalty. While the Jackets and their fans cried foul, some of the takes from Rangers reporters was that it was a interference minor at worst. I’m not sure I agree.

In any event, Kreider will be in the lineup for tonight’s MSG rematch. You have to think the Jackets will be seeking retribution. It should be interesting.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included two stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil games. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has scored Berkeley Carroll basketball games since 2006 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. From players, coaches to administrators, it's a first class program. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree.
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