New York Rangers’ bold predictions for 2017 off-season

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George Ruggiero- Chris Kreider Gets Traded

With the Rangers’ season-ending and a very important off-season starting, the hot takes are flowing right now. The media (including us here at Blue Line Station) have been writing articles about which players should be in blue sweaters next season. Of all the forwards and defensemen that we think should be on the block, one core player will not be on the Rangers next season: Chris Kreider.

Kreider had a solid regular season, putting up 28 goals and 23 assists for 53 points in 77 games. However, he was absolutely invisible in the playoffs. The only game that he seemed to show up for was Game 6 against Ottawa, but at that point, it was too little, too late.

While Kreider has not performed for the Rangers, he still has high value that the team should cash in on. He is midway through his prime years, signed until the end of the 2020 season at a reasonable cap charge, and producing during the regular season.

The Rangers have plenty of depth at forward, and Chris Kreider should be the sacrifice to help fix the defense.