According to Katie Strang at ESPN.com, Derek Stepan, who held out for the second straight day to open training camp, and the Rangers continue to communicate on a new contract, however, they still remain far apart on the terms.
I think the Rangers betting odds this season just got worse.
Ryan McDonagh, who signed a 6-year, $28.2 million contract this summer, has been in constant contact with Stepan and is confident something will get done.
Yesterday, RFA F Nazem Kadri re-signed with Toronto for 2-years, $5.8 million, while another RFA F Cody Hodgson re-signed with the Sabres for 6-years, $25.5 million.
...i know I expected this to drag on during camp, but now that it has I'm a little concerned. I still think something gets done, but the two polar opposite deals for Kadri and Hodgson most likely muddied the water between the two sides even more. Ultimately, I think Stepan gives in and signs the bridge deal.
...my main worry isn't so much the price tag or length of the contract, it's how far behind the eight ball Stepan gets by missing an extended period of camp with a new coach. We all saw what happened to Richards last year, so it can be detrimental to a player's success. And with Callahan and Hagelin already expected to miss the first month of the season, having a less than full strength Stepan could be disastrous.
I really thought for the last several weeks this was going to get done by the end of today. Darn it! Well still 2 more hours to get it done :)
You know, a lot of people are calling for Step to cave in and take the bridge deal cause he'll make his money down the road. I'm sure that's what Michael Sauer thought as well. Didn't work out too well for him! I want Stepan signed as much as anyone, but I certainly don't begrudge him trying to get some security in this game. If he didn't then he should best find a new agent.
C'mon, Step, just get it done.
If he takes the bridge deal now, and plays well, he could stand to make more money in the long run. Rather than trying to squeeze the most money he can out of the Rangers now (when they're arguably a little strapped anyway), he might could get a bigger long-term deal in a year or two when he's (hopefully) worth more. I dunno ... contracts aren't my thing.
This going to be Brendon Dubinsky all over again. The only difference is Torts held a grudge against Dubi so he never got a fair shake in NYC after the contract issue. I am hoping AV will understand this business.
@gravey94 I totally agree Gravy, I was thinking the same thing. There is no guarantee that he stays healthy . IMO. He is doing the right thing by holding out, even though I too like Step a lot.
@gravey94 I don't think either side is really to blame, sadly there is a business side to sports and we're watching it play out in front of us.
@Nyr74 Definitely looking like Dubinsky Part II.
@KevinDeLury @gravey94 Certainly you have a good point Gravey and having the security of a long term contract is more desirable, especially given that injuries are such a prevalent thing but you wonder at what point, as the agent and player you start to recognize the reality of the cap world and whether the player in question has shown enough to warrant the type of contract he is seeking being that he still has only one stellar season under his belt (where Mcd had 2 or 3 before getting his contract). At the end of the day 3M is not a bad paycheck and taking a bit less on the short term might open up a bit of cap space to help improve the team while opening the door to an even more lucrative deal in 2 years, after he is firmly established as a premier first line center. I agree with you and don't blame him for pushing for more security but I would love to see him in camp now. His holdout is hurting his team if it goes on much longer.