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Rangers need Chris Kreider now more than ever

The Rangers paid a premium, all right, but that’s the cost of doing business in the premium aisle of the NHL’s free-agent market. Artemi Panarin is coming to Broadway after all, and though the Russian winger left what is believed a rather substantial sum of money on the table by rejecting more lucrative offers from the Blue Jackets and Islanders, he will rake in $81.494 million over seven years ($11.642 million cap hit). As Saul Goodman might say, that’s a lot of bread, man. The Blueshirts are better with Panarin than without him. Of that there is no question. They have themselves an elite first-line talent who elevates his teammates’ play and should combine with the emerging Mika Zibanejad to create a threat just about every ...
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