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Done deal: Rangers re-sign Stepan — two years, $6.15 million

Sep 26, 2013, 1:11 PM EDT

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In the contract battle between Rangers GM Glen Sather and restricted free agent Derek Stepan, it’s Sather who comes away looking like the winner.

After some acrimonious talks, the two sides have agreed on a two-year deal. Both ESPN.com’s Pierre Lebrun and Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos say the deal comes in at just above $3 million per season. LeBrun says the deal comes in at $6.15 million.

It was reported over the weekend that Stepan was seeking a two-year deal worth $7 million. Instead, he’ll come a lot closer to what the Rangers were looking to sign him to. Stepan was originally hoping to sign a long-term deal, but the Rangers’ preference was for a bridge deal. It’s pretty clear Stepan didn’t have much leverage as a RFA in this situation.

Just earlier today it was reported the two sides were close to an agreement. Apparently they were a lot closer than believed. Now Stepan can get into camp and prepare for the season as the Rangers’ likely No. 1 center.

  1. stakex - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Good to hear. Arguments can be made that Stepan is worth more than that, and he probably is… but it helps the team and he’ll no doubt make the big bucks next time.

    • nebbah306 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:57 PM

      He’s certainly worth more than that, but I like the bridge contract. With the cap more than likely rising the next few years, they can re-sign him to a big multi-year contract, assuming he continues to improve as he has each year.

  2. xdj511 - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    Whew.

    Now I can sleep more soundly through the next two preseason games. Hopefully they get him in the lineup for the last one tomorrow.

  3. stepanup - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Finally. At least this ending was worth the wait, if predictable. I’m sure most fans believe he’s worth more than this, but hopefully he gets paid well with the next contract.

    • stepanup - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:18 PM

      After all, Walter White would’ve made more just selling his share of the Methylamine.

    • xdj511 - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:23 PM

      I wonder if Sather promised him that after they buy out Richards after next season that they’ll give him an extension.

  4. multiplemiggs - Sep 27, 2013 at 6:02 AM

    hes crap and the rags are garbage

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