The past few weeks have been good for Chris Kreider — physically, at least.
As the NHL has spent just over a month in a “pause” due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kreider has been afforded the time
The Rangers winger suffered a broken foot while blocking a shot from Flyers defenseman Philippe Myers on Feb. 28 in Philadelphia, and the injury could have kept him out for the rest of the regular season, which was slated to end April 4.
“My foot feels good,” Kreider said Monday during an NHL conference call, joining a few fellow Bostonians including former Rangers teammate Kevin Hayes, now on the Flyers.
“So, Kev, thank your teammate for that,” Kreider joked. “But the foot was better a few weeks ago, so able to work on rehabbing it and getting it back to where it was.”
Just days before the injury, the 28-year-old Kreider had signed a seven-year, $45.5 million contract extension, which likely kept him from being dealt before the trade deadline. But instead of spending the past couple weeks rehabbing and hoping to be ready for a playoff run, Kreider has been at home in Connecticut, wishing his healed foot allows him to play hockey.
“Gives me an opportunity to get outside a little bit, but I really haven’t seen many people,” Kreider said. “Just kind of slowly losing my mind.”