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Friedman: Rangers, Stepan agree to 2-year deal

According to Elliotte FriedmanDerek Stepan and the New York Rangers have agreed to terms on a 2-year deal.  The value is estimated in the $6.5 million range, but is yet unconfirmed.  Looks like Sather got his bridge deal, after all.  Welcome back Step, now get to work.

14 Responses to “Friedman: Rangers, Stepan agree to 2-year deal”

  1. Mikeyyy says:

    Finally. Wonder if he fired his agent.

  2. AD says:

    Which begs the question: will Richards be given ice-time on 3rd line when we obviously have 1-2 rookie centers who are worthy of developing in that role to start the season (miller & Lindberg)?

    • RyanK says:

      Step-Richards-Brass are the 1-2-3 this season. Miller might get some time as a winger, but Lindberg is going to hartford to get the necessary playing time. If Richards shits the bed, then you can bet Lindberg gets the call-up.

      • JCA says:

        In practice today, Brassard is skating with Pouliot and Nash. Richards is skating with Pyatt and Zuccarello. I think AV is already starting to re-evaluate that order.

        • RyanK says:

          The order may change, but Lindberg is still going to spend the season in Hartford. Unless, of course, Richards doesn’t manage to bounce back.

          The big question is who’s going to flank Step while Hags and Cally are out.

  3. Bloomer says:

    Derek steps above the fray, looking forward to watching him play.

  4. Spozo says:

    Bob Mckenzie reporting deal is “close”. Let’s hope this doesn’t fall apart!

  5. Rangers Fan in Boston says:

    Beautiful. This is a huge deal. Having Stepan back in the fold and not having to miss any regular season games is extremely important.

  6. Mikeyyy says:

    Is there even a market for br?

    For even. 5th round pick. We traded nothing to get him so no loss if we can move him.

    • Rangers Fan in Boston says:

      That contract is immovable. Any team that trades for him would have to turn around and buy him out after this season. It’d be like trying to trade Arod at this point.

      • Chris says:

        Even worse, trading him and not buying him out exposes the Rangers to the cap recapture penalty when he inevitably retires with years left on his contract.

        Because of the new Cap Recapture rule Richards will be a Ranger for this year and will be bought out after this season. There is no way the Rangers can keep Richards, and his $6.66M cap hit on the active roster until he’s 39 (end of his contract)

        • HARLEMBLUES says:

          He must be bought out nxt summer.I don’t care if he has a good yr. it’s fools gold.At 6 mill plus he must be a pt. a game player.Everyone up for FA will point to his bad contract and ask for my cable bill to rise to pay Cally etc.

  7. Adam says:

    2 years at $6.15mil. Good deal for both sides. No reason it had to take so long.

  8. Eric says:

    Stephan is back,. Did he really have to miss camp? This one is on the player. The NHLPA agreed to this system, where certain players have no leverage. I hope Stephan’s hold out does not turnout like Dubi.

    Stephan is our number 1 center and his agent screwed this up royally. It was more important to be in camp then holding out for 500k. As Slats said “He will get paid down the road”. I like the deal for both sides.

    Stephan also has to realize to get the big contract he needs to preform the ice and this holdout set him back. For the Rangers sake he better preform or we are screwed. What kind of deal will Stephan get in the future? I am going to 5-7 years at average cap hit of 5-5.5 million.