So basically, Stepan has to beat out Christensen to be the top line center on this team. My money is on him doing it.
I wouldn't bet money on that.
Even though he is only a stop-gap player, Christensen has shown he can play decently with Gaborik, and it would be unlike the Rangers to throw a guy right into the fire without giving him some minor league seasoning.
IMO, Stepan would absolutely have to blow away the coaching staff to earn a spot, I just don't see room for him right now.
Wade Redden really is, in my opinion, the only anchor that is keeping this team from moving forward and making any significant progress, and turning this team around. If Redden is gone and Drury and Rozsival are not, id still think its a 180.
We're trying our best to stay competitive and keep the course kind of tip toeing around his 6.5 contract. Once that things gone its like... I dont even know, like being let off a prison sentence.