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John Tortorella: Chris Kreider has things to work on in AHL

Chris Kreider of the Rangers skates against the

Chris Kreider of the Rangers skates against the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Feb. 10, 2013) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

NEWARK -- Chris Kreider is doing well in the AHL, but it appears unlikely there will be an imminent recall for a third stint in the NHL.

"We're getting good reports," coach John Tortorella said of the 21-year-old left wing, who has gone 6-1-7 in eight games since his Feb. 28 demotion. "When he started scoring some goals, there were still some things in his game that Kenny [Gernander, the Connecticut Whale coach] wanted him to work on. There are still some things for him that need be worked on. In the two [weekend] games they won, we got some really good reports on him. He's certainly in our discussion, along with a number of other people. We don't want to keep knee-jerking him back and forth, we want to make sure when we do [recall him] -- if we do -- we feel he's ready to play."

In 42 games with the Whale, including during the lockout, the former Boston College star has 11 goals and eight assists. He was 1-1-2 in 11 games for the Rangers, a team that could use some more scoring punch.

Rookie J.T. Miller, who scored in the shootout against Carolina, "is playing with us right now and Chris is not because we felt J.T. is doing more things on the good side of it," Tortorella said. "We're dying to get a guy that's 6-3, 6-4 that can skate like hell into our lineup. But we're not going to do it at the expense of hurting him, as far as developing."

Blue notes

Veteran defenseman Roman Hamrlik dressed for the fourth straight game . . . Matt Gilroy and Stu Bickel were healthy scratches . . . Arron Asham (back spasms) missed his 14th consecutive game.

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