J.T. Miller is a solution that could be the smoothest option of them all.
Miller has been with the team for a few years so he knows how things work around the organization and he understands the expectations. He is familiar with the team and could blend very well with his new line mates.
If the Rangers traded Stepan away and didn’t receive a heavy contract in return, this replacement could save them a lot of money. The defense needs an upgrade more than the offense, so this helps the team a ton.
J.T. Miller is more than adequate for the position of top center. He led the Rangers in points last season and hasn’t missed a game in two full seasons including the postseason.
Miller is only playing around 16 minutes per game right now. He is deserving of more ice time and he can find it as the top center.