Rangers announced on Friday that Chris Kreider underwent surgery to remove a small portion of his wrist bone.
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. Robert Hotchkiss at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, was successful and has an expected recovery timeline of two to four weeks.
Kreider, the longest-serving goalkeeper, is emerging from a career season in which he made his mark on the franchise record books and helped lead the team to their first conference final appearance since 2015. He finished the regular season as the third-highest scorer in the National Hockey League with 52 goals, He finished just behind Oilers’ Leon Drysittel (55) and Auston Matthews of the Maple Leafs (60), who won the Hart Cup and the Ted Lindsay Award.
The 30-year-old winger’s list of accomplishments in his 10th season with Rangers is extensive. He was an All-Star and set a new record for most goals played (26) and most game wins (11) in Rangers history. On April 11, Kreider became the fourth player in franchise history to score more than 50 goals in a single season, joining Jaromir Jäger, Adam Graves and Vic Hadfield.
Kreider also received the Stephen MacDonald Award for Extra Effort and became the first-ever winner of the Mr. Ranger Award, which was the President’s memorial for Rangers legend Rod Gilbert.
With 25 assists to keep up with 52 goals, Kreider finished with 77 points in 81 games, an astonishing 24 points higher than his personal best performance during the 2018-2019 regular season. He never reached the 30-goal mark until this season obliterated it, having come in two goals throughout his career.
Kreider scored 10 goals and 6 assists in 20 playoff games as the Rangers netted two Stanley Cup Final berth wins. He’s now heading into the third season of the $45.5 million contract he signed with Rangers in February 2020, and has a duration of seven years.