New York Rangers’ bold predictions for 2017 off-season

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John Williams- Nothing Substantial Changes

A lot of the bold predictions Brandon made were very positive ones for the Rangers. Well, it’s time to rain all over that parade…

My bold prediction is that, besides a few moves of minor significance, the Blueshirts won’t do anything too earth shattering this off-season.

Last off-season was supposed to be the “blow up the core” off-season and what did the team do? They went out and made one change to their top six, bringing in Mika Zibanejad for Derick Brassard. That’s it.

While I do think there is a good chance that Dan Girardi is bought out, which would be a change to the ‘core,’ and with the expansion draft there is bound to be some movement in the team’s bottom six and bottom pair of defense, but I don’t believe that head coach Alain Vigneault or his staff are going anywhere this off-season, and that’s a problem.

If that is the case, there is very little the Rangers can do to avoid a similar fate from what they’ve received the past two seasons–horrible misuse of personnel leading to disastrous results–which is the double meaning when I say that I don’t see any substantial changes taking place.