Rangers sign Chris Kreider to 4-year contract

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Rangers have signed forward Chris Kreider to a four-year contract that will pay him an average of $4.625 million.

General manager Jeff Gorton announced the deal on Friday, the day the two sides were to go to arbitration.

The 25-year-old Kreider was a restricted free agent.

Kreider had 21 goals and 22 assists in 79 games for New York and a plus-10 rating. He established career-highs in even-strength goals (16) and hits (177), and he tied his career-high in goals, set the previous season.

Kreider was one of six NHL players who registered at least 20 goals, 40 points, a plus-10 rating, and 50 penalty minutes this past season. Alex Ovechkin, Jonathan Toews, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and James Neal were the others.