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Report: Stepan seeking McDonagh money, Rangers offering ‘bridge’ deal

Sep 3, 2013, 3:29 PM EDT

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It appears the New York Rangers and unsigned RFA forward Derek Stepan are still far apart on a new deal, according to TSN’s Bob McKenzie.

Stepan, who led New York in scoring last year, is believed to be seeking a deal similar to the one teammate Ryan McDonagh signed in July — a six-year, $28.2 million contract with a $4.7 million annual cap hit.

The Rangers, meanwhile, are reportedly sticking to their offer of a “bridge” deal, similar to the one Michael Del Zotto (two years, $5.1 million) received after his entry-level contract expired.

Stepan, 23, made $875,000 annually on his ELC, which expired in July. He’s on record saying he expects a deal to be done by camp, but Rangers GM Glen Sather sounded adamant about not giving term to someone with only three seasons under his belt.

“I am not going to give a long-term contract at this stage and he is a good player, a smart player, a good team guy,” Sather told Edmonton’s Team 1260 earlier this summer. “There is certainly nothing wrong with him, but you need to wait a little while before you get the big bucks.”

  1. cameltoews - Sep 3, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    We need him. Please get a deal done.

  2. tjvalley - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    He should get a two year 6 mil contract. That’s fair IMHO.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Sep 3, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      Na, he’s at least a 4 million dollar player, he’s underrated, which is surprising since he plays in NY

  3. 950003cups - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    That kid should either go for the big pay day, or sign just up till his FA kicks in. He’ll get paid in FA. Just think, David Clarkson got $37 million (@ $5.25) $64 million cap year. When the cap goes to $80 million, which some think it may, he’ll be rich.

    • withseidelinn - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:14 PM

      All these guys are already rich…

      • hockeyflow33 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Ugh, comments like these are ridiculous. We get it, you work a crappy job and hate your life. Pro athletes make a lot of money, deal with it.

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      He works in an industry where reaching your next contract is far from guaranteed.

      • donniesd - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Not to pile on, but the owners are even richer, but hat doesn’t stop us from buying our favorite teams merchandise, and that money goes straight into their pocket!!

  4. ntvd7 - Sep 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Heart and soul

    The Rangers would be retarded not to sign him…

  5. stakex - Sep 3, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    I do think Sather has a point when it comes to Stepan. With that said I never understood why a man who throws money at FA’s like you wouldn’t believe, plays such hardball with the home grown talent when its time to re-sign them. Yes there is a bit of a cap issues with Stepan right now, but in general Sather really likes to nickel and dime RFA’s.

  6. tdrusher225 - Sep 3, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    The bridge deal would be a nice motivational tool for the next two seasons and would likely get one or two really good seasons out of him (see: Tuukka Rask). But, a cap hit between 4.5-5 mil for the next 6 years or so for this guy would probably be a really good deal

  7. DED - Sep 5, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    Sather is off here. McDonough has also played for just 3 seasons and is only 1 year older than Step. And Step is just as important to the offense as McDonough is to the defense. He’s also far better than Del Zorro and shouldn’t be treated like him.

    • DED - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Damn auto-correct. But you guys knew I met Del Zotto, right? Hmmmm, Del Zorro could be a good nickname if he improves dramatically.

  8. donniesd - Sep 5, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Quick Question.. Kadri isn’t signed in Toronto either… Would you trade the two straight up and do term with Kadri? Just wondering.

    • DED - Sep 5, 2013 at 11:24 PM

      Yikes! That sounds like something Sather would do. I hope not though. Nothing against Kadri (because I only saw him play in the playoffs), but I feel that the Rangers need Stepan more than they could utilize Kadri.

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