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Report: Stepan and Rangers close to two-year deal

Sep 26, 2013, 11:38 AM EDT

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Now that Cody Franson re-signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Rangers forward Derek Stepan is the final restricted free agent left to sign and it may not be long before that’s taken care of.

Multiple reports say the two sides are close to a new deal. CBC’s Elliotte Friedman says they’re close to a two-year deal that would pay in the neighborhood of $6.5 million.

That report meshes well with what Larry Brooks of the New York Post reported over the weekend saying the two sides were about $600,000 apart. Stepan was seeking something closer to $7 million while the Rangers and GM Glen Sather were looking to go as high as $6.4 million.

With the Rangers opening their season on the road in Phoenix on October 3, getting a deal done as soon as possible will give Stepan a chance to get acquainted with Alain Vigneault’s system. The sooner the better works for him as he’s also hoping to land a spot on Team USA’s Olympic team.

Related: Sather: Stepan not ‘big enough of a fool’ to let contract stalemate continue

  1. 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Try that “hold out” crap with Lou Lamoriello. Nobody seems to do that.

    • nebbah306 - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:50 AM

      Stop trolling on Rangers posts. Oh and enjoy Ryan Clowe and that big contract, hes one big hit away from a career ending concussion.

      • ibieiniid - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:55 AM

        However, once your team has Clowe for half a season, you’re immediately able to accurately tell his injury future. nabbah is the evidence. -_______-

      • 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:20 PM

        That’s what everyone says about Crosby, and so far it’s all wrong. Plus the only reason you didn’t re-sign Clowe is cause you didn’t have the (as we say in the sports world) CapCash. Otherwise you’d be singing a different tune.

        How interesting can one July can be?

        Kovalchuk retired and left the Devils with a nice going away present.

        Tons of CapCash and a rich owner!

        Lots will be done. So glad I don’t have to hear any more of the “Devils are done when Marty leaves. Or “wait till Kovy gets older, cause that contract is gonna kill you” or “your team is bankrupt”

        Hearing “Clowe ripped you off” is music to my ears!!!!!

    • stakex - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      In case you haven’t noticed, most people don’t holdout against Sather… and none of them ever win. For better or worse, the guy plays serious hardball with RFAs.

      • 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:12 PM

        He’s about to get eaten alive with a certain UFA.

      • Lupy Nazty Philthy - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        “none of them ever win”?
        Brad Richards, Scott Gomez, Wade Redden, …

      • stakex - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:57 PM

        @Lupy Nazty Philthy

        Yeah, and none of those were RFA holdouts…. which is what we were talking about. Good reading skills.

    • biffnasty - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

      @gave95003bj’s….no holdouts with your boy Lou. Just retiring a few years into a giant contract bc of the terrible, losing atmosphere Lou created in Nj

      • 950003cups - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:16 PM

        Funny how rags fans tell us how getting in the 2012 Cup Final “losing” but never seem to mention which team they beat (3 games in a row) to get to that Final. Sure, BARELY winning 2 rounds of Block Hockey is far better than getting in the Cup Finals with high octane offense and stellar goaltending.

        Keep telling yourselves that. But this preseason your team looked like complete talentless garbage. It’s only a matter of time before Lundqvist starts getting “off the record” offers by winning teams. That is of course if he wants to win.

        LOSERS!

  2. thecheeman - Sep 26, 2013 at 11:51 AM

    Bah I was hoping this would go way longer.

  3. xdj511 - Sep 26, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Ooh ooh! Do it! Do it! What little I’ve seen of the last two west coast preseason games I’ve otherwise slept through the Rangers look flat and confused. We need this guy back to help spark the offense.

    • stakex - Sep 26, 2013 at 1:02 PM

      Don’t forget that Callahan and Hags are also out of the lineup. The Rangers are lacking half their top forwards, and still have a lot of young guys playing in their games right now. Once they trim the roster, and actually start putting the team together I suspect they will look fine.

  4. biffnasty - Sep 26, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    @gave95003bj’s, thank you for your input and vast hockey knowledge. I was, until your informative comment, unaware that preseason counts towards anything.

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