4 New York Rangers Who Won't Be on the Roster Next Season

Ben LippelContributor IIIDecember 19, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - MAY 21:  Dainius Zubrus #8 of the New Jersey Devils and Derek Stepan #21 of the New York Rangers fall to the ice in the first period of Game Four of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Prudential Center on May 21, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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"Hasta la vista, baby." Arnold Schwarzenegger

The former Governor of California (and former Terminator, too) wasn't playing the role of New York Rangers General Manager Glen Sather when he stated those famous words more than two decades ago on the silver screen.

But just as the cyborg from the future had to get rid of some people to do his job, the cigar-chomping Slats of the present is going to have to do the same next season - or whenever they drop the puck again.

Sure, there are many skaters on 7th Avenue who aren't going anywhere, due to the fact that they're one of the top outfits in the National Hockey League.

So with that in mind, who'll have new addresses once the ridiculous work stoppage stops?

There are four players who stand the best chance of being gonzo.

Read on to find out who they are.

Derek Stepan - With slick center Michael St. Croix in the Broadway pipeline, and a strong potential number two pivot to boot, the crafty Stepan becomes a restricted free agent after this non-season. Not sure if the Rangers would tender a multi-year deal to number 21.

Jeff Halpern - The fourth line center role is perfectly suited for a big-sized prospect such as Kyle Jean. Halpern is singed only through this non-season. So there's a distinct possibility that he'll never play a game for the Rangers.

Mike Rupp - One goon is enough, and that's the role Arron Asham will play once the games begin again. At this point, Rupp is too slow to keep up with the pace that John Tortorella demands.  

Steve Eminger - A solid depth blue liner signed through this non-season. He will most assuredly be a casualty of the work stoppage. And with the towering and menacing Dylan McIlrath waiting in the wings, Eminger will be defenseless.

Let me know your thoughts.

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