The Skate Podcast: Chris Kreider sounds like a perfect fit for Bruins’ top six

February 06, 2020 - 4:05 pm

Definitely listen to this week’s The Skate Podcast, but when you hear New York Post hockey writer Brett Cyrgalis talk about Bruins trade target Chris Kreider of the New York Rangers, you’re going to salivate thinking about the Boxford native coming home to help Boston.

“Chris, he’s not like goonish, fourth-liner physical. So he’s more you go into the corner and he’s going to try to separate you from the puck, he’s not going to put your head into the glass. And he’s not going to fight you,” Cyrgalis told co-hosts Ken Laird and Matt Kalman. “So when he tries to play physical, he tries to play the right way, which the cliché is what they say. But it’s just being hard, it’s being hard on pucks, it’s being hard on the opposition, it’s forechecking hard and part being physical for him is being fast, too. He can get there first and shield off guys or separate them from the puck. And he plays hard. When he plays well he’s playing fast.

“[Rangers coach> David Quinn likes to say he likes to get his guys to play at a pace, which he does when he’s playing well. Which really means not so much north-south speed, but playing fast, moving the puck, thinking quick.”

Quinn says that, and you can easily imagine Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy saying the same thing. Of course, the Rangers haven’t decided yet if they’re going to be sellers before the Feb. 24 NHL trade deadline and they haven’t decided if Kreider is someone they would even part with if they were going to go that route. The above comment was just a small part of the guys’ conversation with Cyrgalis talking about Kreider and the Rangers’ situation and how it might benefit the Bruins. Cyrgalis also described what he thought the Rangers could get in return for Kreider.

Laird and Kalman also touched on a number of Bruins topics, including Danton Heinen’s place on the team, David Backes’ delusions of being an effective NHL player again and Charlie Coyle’s emergence as the No. 2 center. Kalman believes if a Kreider type player comes to Boston before the deadline, he might get a chance to play with Coyle rather than David Krejci.

Lastly the guys teased the return of Sunday Skate to the WEEI airwaves starting Feb. 9 from 8-9 a.m. So listen to The Skate Podcast and then get a second dose of hockey on talk on Sunday.

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