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.