These are some teams that have centers to spare as GM Jeff Gorton and his team continues their quest to build a Stanley Cup-caliber roster.
The New York Rangers depth at the center position is a clear weakness. Derek Stepan is departed, and Mika Zibanejad figures to usher in a new era as the team’s top pivot. However, outside Zibanejad, the Rangers’ need for stability down the middle is glaring.
Around the league, there are several teams that carry extra baggage at center. It would behoove GM Jeff Gorton and his team to continue their good work this offseason. Gorton must find an insurance policy behind Zibanejad and Kevin Hayes.
Let’s take a look at some of the top options for Jeff Gorton to try to deal with in order to get a top six center for the present and future of the New York Rangers.