In a poll asked last year, 72% of readers said they did not want the Rangers to trade Stepan.
Larry Brooks wrote on Monday that Stepan has "considerable" value on the trade market but that without getting that top defenseman his best value would be as a center for the Rangers. (NY Post)
Brooks says that the Rangers don't appear to have enough to land a player like Jacob Trouba, but sending Stepan to a place like Arizona could land the kind of pieces that could net Trouba. He also mentions a player like Justin Faulk who the Rangers might be able to acquire for Stepan. (NY Post)
Stepan has a no-trade clause that kicks in on July 1.
Adam Rotter: For the Rangers to trade Stepan they need to acquire someone who can play big minutes, be trusted and also contribute offensively, preferably with a shot from the point on the PP. There are a lot of interesting potential names, like Faulk, Trouba and Tyson Barrie, that all bring different positives, negatives and risk. I don't think the Rangers want to move Stepan, but ultimately you need to make tough choices and trade away core players from time to time. That time, if the Rangers can get the player they desire, could be now for Stepan. If the Rangers can find a player that they think can make the same kind of impact that Stepan does, but on defense, then it's probably something they should strongly consider. It's hard to get quality defensemen and the Rangers may have to give up one of their quality players in order to do so.