With the 2011-2012 season being nothing short of a mircale, the 2013 season for the Rangers could be deemed a step back.
Finishing 6th in the Eastern Conference, second in the Atlantic. Brad Richards now a shell of his former self. No one was jumping up at the opportunity to be a solid replacement for the losses of Brandon Prust, Brandon Dubinsky, and Artem Anisimov. The trade of Marian Gaborik to the Blue Jackets
Now we go to the offseason. The teams decision to KEEP Brad Richards, leaving the team with little to no wiggle room to sign anyone in the UFA market, and making it hard for them to sign their RFAs.
With Falk, Hagelin, and McDonagh all locked up to deals, it leaves just Mats Zuccarello and Derek Stepan as the candidates waiting to be signed by the Rangers. Zuccarello has a hearing on July 31 for arbitration, and as we learned a few days ago, things are NOT looking good on the Derek Stepan front.
So what’s going to happen with the Rangers? With practically the SAME team as last year, are they destined for a better finish? Stay the same, or are they going to be on the outside looking in?
With realignment, the Rangers would of made one of the Wild Card spots in the playoffs. So where do you think they’ll fair this season, answer in the poll below.