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Stepan deal ‘not imminent,’ says agent

Sep 10, 2013, 12:04 PM EDT

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Quick update on Derek Stepan‘s contract negotiations with the New York Rangers:

“A deal is not imminent and obviously Derek will not report (to camp) without a contract,” Stepan’s agent, Matt Oates, told The New York Post.

From Post reporter Larry Brooks:

Stepan is believed seeking a five- or six-year deal in the neighborhood of $5 million per while the Rangers are believed offering a two-year contract worth between $2.75-and-$3 million a year.

Stepan, 23, has been very good in his first three seasons in the NHL, compiling 140 points in 212 games; however, the Rangers appear to be holding steady on demanding a bridge contract for the restricted free agent with no arbitration rights.

“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,” Rangers general manager Glen Sather told Edmonton’s Team 1260 in August. “There is certainly nothing wrong with him, but you need to wait a little while before you get the big bucks.”

  1. hockey412 - Sep 10, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    Not to bring Kadri into it but Sather wants to offer Stepan, after 3 years, what Toronto’s offering Kadri after 1/2 of one.

    Wonder what Logan Couture thinks about this…

    • rsmaggiemae - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I wish the Wild had enough money to sign him as he is from Wisc and would fit right in the midwest again

  2. stepanup - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    This is ridiculous. Rangers have been needing a #1 center for years. Finally, one of their touted homegrown kids turns into one, and instead of locking him up, Sather dinks around signing Pouliot with money that should go to Stepan. If I’m a GM of a non-traditional market, and I need to be competitive to succeed economically (eyes on you, Mr. Poile) then I’m offer sheeting this kid tonight. That last quote really ticks me off. The Rangers have never had a problem overpaying over-the-hill players, but god forbid they lock up a future star.

    • wrongwiththeworld - Sep 11, 2013 at 12:21 AM

      the problem with your entire is statement is that you do no run a pro sports team. Giving a big raise to a kid creates a bigger problem. When his 5 year contract ends, he ends up in Gomez – Drury contract territory.

      Not to mention the pressure to LIVE UP to a big contract. Stepan is the one being foolish here. He’s going to be under a new coach and system. Take your 3 year deal and continue to grow, learn and achieve. Then get the big money and all that comes with it.

      Stepan is a nice player no doubt, but he has more to prove to deserve that type of high pressure money.

  3. barkar942 - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Dear Mr. Stepan,
    I understand that sports players in general make more in a week than I make in 5 years. Last season, when the Rangers put Lundqvist, Staahl, Girardi, Richards, Gaborik and Callahan on the ice, there was like $36 million in payroll on the ice at one time.
    Personally, I feel that you have tremendous potential to be an elite player in the league. That being said, however, you must decide, fully understanding what the Rangers cap space looks like at the moment, whether or not you really want to be a New York Ranger, or if you just want to make millions from which ever team will pay you the most. I hope that you decide that you want to remain a Ranger and sign for more money for the next two years than I will earn in my entire lifetime and then get the big contract when the Rangers have more cap space.

    The decision is simple- team loyalty or greed. Hopefully, this note will help put your contract situation in a much easier light to aid you in your decision.

    Barry, a New York Ranger fan since my first WOR channel 9 games in 1968.

    • thecheeman - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      Dear Barry,

      Millions sound good, don’t they? Notice that there was an “s” after “Million” there, just so your brain understands what’s at stake here.


      P.S. It’s not my fault this team wasted all it’s money on Cadaver Richards

    • hockeyflow33 - Sep 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      Besides the fact that you wrote this like a five year old child, yes, the contracts are about money. They are not playing a game, this is their job.

      What did you think of team loyalty when the Rangers buried Redden in the minors, or when they bought out Richards? There isn’t any because it’s a business not a beer league team.

      I feel bad for you that you’re old and still haven’t realized professional athletes are employees with very, very short careers.

  4. cruuuzcontrol - Sep 10, 2013 at 1:42 PM

    Posturing via the media. Refusal to sign is the only card Stepan’s agent can play. He’s not going anywhere.

  5. pjerickson1 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    IMO-Stepan has been dissed, it’s not all about the $$. Leaving this guy for last when money has been doled out without considering him in the mix and, after his proven stats and team contributions for last three years, just doesn’t make sense. Yeah, the bridge deal is not a bad thing but in Step’s case, “One size doesn’t fit all”!

  6. withseidelinn - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:29 PM

    Pouliot was a brutal signing. If Kadri, Franson, and Pietrangelo are all locked up before this guy, I wouldn’t be surprised to see an offer sheet.

  7. bullwinkle88 - Sep 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    C’mon Darcy, get off your duff and make a deal! Hodgson and Stafford for Stepan. You get Rick Winter (Hodgson’s obnoxious agent) off of your back as well as the na’er do well Stafford for a true top flight center.

    Get ‘er done Darcy!!!

  8. DED - Sep 11, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    The longer this drags on, the more it sucks.

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