Rangers Roundup: Smashfest; Othmann contract details; Kreider on Quinn and Buchnevich

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Apr 23, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Chris Kreider #20 of the New York Rangers celebrates his power-play goal against the Philadelphia Flyers at 6:02 of the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Dominic Moore has brought Smashfest to the States due to the pandemic. Up until 2020, the event was held in Toronto. Logistics and travel restrictions made it easier to hold the festivities in Stamford, Connecticut.

The charitable event pits hockey players against one another in a table tennis tournament to raise money for rare cancer. Moore’s personal tragedy is what moved him to do something to help others dealing with the terrible disease.

“It would have been our ninth annual event last summer, so we’re doing our ninth one this summer,” said Moore, who played 897 regular-season NHL games along with 101 career playoff games. “We’ve held it in Toronto for all of the years we’ve done it. We had been thinking of doing more events at different places, which I mentioned at Smashfest [VIII]. We were waiting to see what would be possible this year  and it didn’t seem like it would be possible to do in Canada  so we thought it might be a good time to do it in the U.S. We’ve got great support from all the people who have helped us every year  the NHLPA, the players, sponsors. It’s going to be awesome.”


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Rangers Roundup: Smashfest

This year, current New York Rangers Chris Kreider and Adam Fox are taking part in the tournament. Legendary 1994 Cup winning goalie, Mike Richter is also involved in the event as well as Marty St. Louis.

“There’s a great lineup of current and former players all for the charity benefiting rare cancer research and head injuries in sports,” Richter said. “I hope you can support this as it goes on. Obviously there’s a huge need out there.”

Adam Fox took on Chris Kreider at the event and said he prepared by “working Troubs”, in reference to teammate Jacob Trouba. Word has it, Kreider won that matchup.


Kreider talks about Quinn and Buchnevich

Mollie Walker of the NY Post was at Smashfest and briefly spoke with Chris Kreider. She asked him about the changes this offseason, and his thoughts on the upcoming campaign.

“I had a terrific relationship with him, I learned a ton from him, I really respect him as a coach, as a person,” Kreider said of David Quinn. “Really gonna miss him.”

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Kreider also reminisced about lineman Pavel Buchnevich who was traded due to salary cap constraints. “I remember him his rookie year, he didn’t speak a lick of English,” he said. “That’s the nature of the salary cap and I hate to say I’m numb to it, because I’m not, it still stings.”

The Rangers veteran noted that he’s excited about playing for Gerard Gallant whom he called “terrific.” Kreider also confirmed what we all understand these changes that started towards the end of the season are about.

“Everyone just wants to punch their ticket to the dance,” CK20 discussed making the playoffs. “Regardless of what people think of our roster, of what the state of the team is, our goal going into the year is to make the playoffs and that’s obviously at the front of every single players’ mind.”

Brennan Othmann contract details

The Rangers signed 2021 first round pick Brennan Othmann to his ELC yesterday. Terms at the time were not disclosed. Per PuckPedia the breakdown is as follows:

  • NHL Base 832.5K
  • Signing Bonus 92.5K
  • Potential “A” Performance Bonuses 450K
  • Minors 80K

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