New York Rangers: Predicting who will replace Derek Stepan

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The New York Rangers need to replace Derek Stepan. Here’s who we think will do it.

Derek Stepan was a New York Ranger for his entire career until the team traded him to the Arizona Coyotes last Friday. Now, New York owns a deficiency at center, one they must solve before the season starts.

Losing Oscar Lindberg to the Las Vegas Golden Knights didn’t help. New York needs to add centers, but not everyone believes that. Opinions vary on Stepan being replaced by a free agent, a traded for player, or a player already on the roster.

If it’s a player already on the roster, Kevin Hayes or Mika Zibanejad are the likely choices. If it’s a newcomer, the choices range greatly. Regardless, someone will be the new #1 center for the New York Rangers.

The Blue Line Station team looks at who that will be in the slides ahead.