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Stepan Mentioned As Possible Trade Target for Coyotes

In an article on the Arizona Coyotes need to acquire a #1 center this offseason, Craig Morgan at Arizona Sports suggests that GM John Chayka inquire to see if Derek Stepan may be available…

“…maybe the Rangers will look to move Derek Stepan or the Oilers will look to move Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. They aren’t franchise centers, but as Strome and Dvorak continue to develop, the Coyotes could assume a Columbus plan of attack at the center position with depth and skill to mask the lack of a true franchise player.”

Hey, maybe the Rangers could trade Stepan for that Duclair kid. I heard he’s got a ton of potential. Although, a blockbuster for Ekman-Larsson ($5.5M per) would be a nice way to upgrade the defense. No idea why Arizona would move Ekman-Larsson, but a Rangers fan can dream.

Despite a 23-game goalless streak last month, Stepan, who is being paid $6.5M per till 2021, will end the season with more than 50 points (16g, 38a) for the fourth straight season and for the fifth time in the last six years.

Stepan has a no-trade clause in his contract that begins on July 1st, so if Jeff Gorton is looking to open some cap space to sign Kevin Shattenkirk this offseason he’s going to have to move the Rangers #1 center before the start of free agency.

The Rangers are going to have around $10M to play with this offseason, with Mika Zibanejad (RFA), Oscar Lindberg (RFA), Jesper Fast (RFA) and Brendan Smith (UFA) to re-sign, so there might not be enough cap space left for Shattenkirk, which would make moving Stepan a possibility.

Could you imagine the Rangers trading Stepan for Ekman-Larsson, then signing Shattenkirk and re-signing Smith. Talk about revamping your blueline.

Obviously, this is just Morgan spit balling as there’s been no other chatter about the Rangers looking to move Stepan, but it is interesting to see his name being mentioned as someone who could potentially be available this offseason.

With the Rangers having a wealth of depth down the middle, losing Stepan wouldn’t be catastrophic, but he’s one of those players whose full value isn’t appreciated until they’re gone.

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13 thoughts on “Stepan Mentioned As Possible Trade Target for Coyotes

  1. Okay, this may be a little crazy(actually it is completely nuts), but bear with me. Just for the SCPOS we have AV switch Jobs with DJT. The Rangers instead of playing the Kind of “Hypocratic(sic) Oath Hockey they play(AV’s philosophy is either Do No Harm or play possum) will turn into Rambo’s in Blue. AV can keep World Peace for a couple of months(he does it all season in the NHL) and then get fired_____________________I mean retake team in August. After Ragin” Ranger round or two the rest of the NHL may surrender and we will have “Peace in our time”.We can change the name of the Big Trophy to the Stanley Chamberlain Cup. I told you it was nuts, but what have we got to lose?_________________Oh Right, the Cup and the planet. AS ALWAYS AND FOREVER, LET’S GO RANGERS!!!!!

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  2. I know he has not put the puck in the back of the net for a while…..but my money is on Grabner getting the extra effort award tonight.

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    1. I say Raanta, but Grabner was on fire early in season. Either way, this is an award we know only A Ranger can win. LGR!!!!!

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  3. Extra effort award is a tough call. I say when in doubt give it to Zucc! But chances are they’re going to look for another player so my vote would be Grabner. Even when he isn’t scoring his speed is creating chances. As for Step he’s looking better to me the last 3 weeks up until there was nothing to play for than he ever has in a Rangers uniform, but if they could get something really good I would be OK with moving him. Our need for a marquee center and better D looms large now. It will take a lot of luck and peak performances to pull of a cup this year but I’m staying hopeful. LGR!

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  4. May i say Kev…Bad Form…… with PO’s wed ,why post a thread of trade NOW….Jeez!
    I M O A lot of change will occur depending on how well team does in P O’s
    Options for STep NAsh even Zucc will come in play when planning team 17 -18
    untouchable list below unless a top center is coming back is …..
    J T Krieds Hayes Zbad Vesey Buchny Fast ……
    D men its : Mac Shey
    not sure how our 7 wing 3 D list will look 1 goal
    But if we have a poor P O’s (doubt it) players like HANk & Nash could be UNprotected
    sum may get bought out ..G man Klein
    i smell major trades of top talent shifting …L A sounds ready to move as well as Arizona type story….
    anything goes after the smoke clears from P O’s
    Fast does he need protection from draft ?

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    1. I for one like to see the trade rumors now and always. I’d say at his price and what he means to this team Zucc is pretty much untouchable though I do agree with you on other points. Keep posting Tom. You and me are the diehards!

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