Update, 12:55 p.m.:
Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Stepan will likely not play tonight in Vancouver or tomorrow in Las Vegas and meet up with the team in New York on Sunday.
...makes sense. He is likely not in any kind of game shape. Hopefully a good week of practice will get him up to date.
Update, 12:45 p.m.:
Told the Stepan deal is done with Rangers...— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) September 26, 2013
LeBrun says deal is 2-years, $6.15 million total
Various reports indicate both Stepan and Rangers are in agreement on a two-year deal. Final total expected to be in neighbourhood of $6.5M,— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) September 26, 2013
Friedman added that the number is not exact.
...if this is true...
...in the end, it looks like both sides got smart and met in the middle. Now let's get ready for the season!!!!!!
...wonder which current roster player pays the price to keep the Rangers under the cap with Stepan now in the fold.
Great deal, especially the length. Stepan will be motivated to put up big numbers in these two years so when the next contract comes around he's gonna get PAID. Great for him, great for the team. well, great for the team over these two yers.
Ok, can I now officially gloat Kevin? Again my fellow fans, it was never in doubt that Step would sign. No trades, he's a Ranger and a damn good one. Don't listen to the press. Read the blog and the comments from the more informed fans here and you'll add 10 years to your life lol. Again, It was never a doubt, other than how long it would take and how much he'd sign for. I for one couldn't be happier. He can be used as a 1st or 3rd line center equally effectively because he's a stellar 2 way player. Not flashy, just smart with a good set of skills and even better hockey instincts to match. Moving forward he needs to add a little finish and tighten up on face offs to reach elite status. Welcome back Step!
Now let us compare this 2 year 6.15 million dollar contract... to the 10 year 305 million dollar contract that Robinson Cano wants from the Yankees
Does anyone know what percentage of a salary do the rangers count towards the cap if they send a one-way contract to the AHL (i.e. Asham, Powe, etc.)? I know the new CBA doesn't allow you to bury contracts (the Redden Rule).
So the rangers never went up to 3.2. Can't believe everything Sather tries to hint at through the media.... surprise surprise
@TheNYRBlog I read just south of that. 6.3M over 2 yrs. Good deal for you guys, pains me to say it
Memo to future NY Rangers players who play out their initial contracts and have no arbitration rights, Glen Sather DOES NOT BLINK! If you have no leverage, you will not win, not matter how good you are or think you are, unless you are the next Gretzky...and even then it's probably 75-25 in Sather's favor! I'm talking to you Kreider, Miller, J. Moore, Lindberg, etc.! Stepan did all he could, but in the end, he simply had ZERO leverage!
Might be a good move on his part to fly out, sit in the box with Arniel or Lacoix (whichever one isn't on the bench) and start learning schemes and strategy. Sure it would go a long ways with the fans.
I'll take an out-of-shape rusty Stepan on the 1st line vs. an in-shape Brad Chicklets any day of the week.
@TheNYRBlog think Stepan will b on ice tonight??
Awesome! Woohoo! Thank you for your qualifiers such as "Looks like" and "Rumors." Some people got carried away with this, reporting things as fact before anything was confirmed. As a Rangers fan who wants real information, qualifying your reports is not only helpful but the right thing to do.
@TheNYRBlog that was a big huge waste of time for him huh?
Again, since the beginning of the summer numerous blog readers have been suggesting 2 years for in the neighborhood of $3.2 million per. Why don't they just read the blog? This could have been settled long ago.
@Betweentheworlds Think his finish is great. If he could learn from Bergeron for the faceoffs, he could be a Selke contender
@mlsranger Will be a big deal to see how this unfolds. He held out for basically nothing and put his team behind the eight ball at a time they are already down 2 starters. That said if he comes out and performs all will be forgotten.
@JBoth8771 Yeah looks like $6.15M.
@KevinDeLury Wow - good thing he missed pre-season for that (if he was offered 6 then we are talking about 150k?)...
Think it would be different if we were talking about a Crosby... Heck look at Mcdonagh he got a pretty good deal, much better than arbitration would have given.
@AG_Blue Tell me about it.
@lindacohn Great deal for both sides. I wonder which current roster player takes the fall to keep team under cap. Asham? Powe? Pyatt?
probably headed out to LA, doubt the Yankees are paying that. Its sad because while he is a top three player (not including pitchers) this amount of money is ridiculous for anyone not curing cancer
@greggray24 @mlsranger This won't be a problem between the players. Every single one of them recognizes the risks assciated with playing: every contract could be your last, and this is how they make a living. The fact that it was basically "for nothing" won't matter either. Most of these guys have been through negotiations at least once, some of them with Slats, and a few in the same "no leverage" situation that Step was in.
And my guess is with AV's clearn slate moto, even if he wants to hold this agaisnt Step, he won't. Like he said (and he was right to do it), he doesn't make front office decisions, he just works with the guys that are there. He's still building credibility within the room, its too early to pick on a guy for something that he already said wasn't in his control.
@TheNYRBlog even more cap friendly, helluva deal. you guys are way too well rounded. miss those wade redden deals sather used to love
@FREE LINDBERG Honestly, I'm not convinced it would make a difference who the player was. McDonagh had the arbitration leverage, just like Stepan will in 2 years. I'm not so sure McDonagh's arbitration amount would have been lower than what he got, plus they bought our 4 years of free agency, which is certainly lower than what it would have cost in 2 years.
@TheNYRBlog @adrec88 And fans will have little patience for him if he does not play well so the pressure is on.
@lindacohn Kreider won't be traded.. Too much upside potential still.. Same goes for Del Zotto.. They will both step up this year..