New Kiriakis man?
With Jay K. Johnson leaving the show, I hope they don't recast Philip (JKJ is the definitive---and best--Philip). Instead, I hope they bring on one of Justin and Adrienne's kids. Justin and Adrienne have four sons: Alexander (Justin's son with Angelica Deveraux), twins Victor II and Joseph, and Jackson. I'd go with Jackson because then they don't have to deal with twins or the Deveraux connection. He could come on and fill the void left by Philip by getting involved in the Kiriakis business and also give Justin and Adrienne more of a purpose. Perhaps he could play matchmaker trying to reunite his parents.
With Stephanie going, they should also cast Jeannie Donovan, Kimberly and Shane's daughter, and pair her with Jackson. I'd give Jeannie an edge compared to all the other girly heroines on daytime----Jeannie would secretly be an ISA agent like her father! But she'd be keeping that fact hidden from her family to prevent them from worrying. Jeannie and Jackson could mix it up with Abby, Chad, Gabi, and Will, or they could be a little older and mix it up with Chloe or Melanie. But do it, Days! Bring it on!
Heck, I'd also cast Andrew Donovan and pair him with Abby, bring Thad Luckinbill on as Eric Brady and pair him with Sarah Horton, and create a triangle for Jeannie and Jackson by adding Jeremy Horton to the mix. Days, STOP adding new characters like the Hernandez and Walker families and bring on more BRADYS and HORTONS!
I'd bring back Bill and Laura Horton as a couple and have Kate scheme to break them up. Jeremy would be a different kind of character. Unlike his great-grandfather, grandfather, and father, Jeremy wouldn't be interested in becoming a doctor and that would create a sort of tension in the family.