According to Darren Dreger at TSN, Derek Stepan is unlikely to be on the Rangers' roster when they open the season on October 3rd in Phoenix.
...while I figured the contract negotiations would drag on into camp, never in my wildest dreams did I ever expect this.
...while I'm sick to my stomach over this, the preseason performances of Brassard, Lindberg, Boyle and even Richards have me confident this team could overcome his absence.
...maybe the Rangers should have traded him for O'Reilly.
Also this team is dead in the water without Stepan... Richards is not a first line center or a top 6 talent I dont care what any of you say about his re-birth. I like Brassard but he is young and cant be the number one center, Lindberg I love but he is a rookie, and we all know how Boyle struggles.
Without Stepan for an extended period of time (not to mention Hagelin and Callahan) we are in big trouble early on. We are already behind the eight ball with a new coach and systems... Now we are missing our number one center and in total 3 of our "top 6"
Still optimistic he will be playing October 3rd in Phoenix. Derek if you are reading this...
Stepan should see the team is limited this year. Next year cap goes up along w subsequent years. Richards is gone then hell get his money. Y not a 4 year deal? Year 1 3 mill, year 2 3.5, year 3 4 mill etc
Just media posturing from his agent to get the Rangers and their fans worried into caving under pressure. Not concerned at all yet. He'll sign next week.
If any of you guys were Step's agent would you sign a two year three million contract? Kadri probably wants to fire his agent for taking that deal. It's an insult to offer Steps half of what guys who are no better or marginally better and in some cases not as good as Steps are getting. Sather needs to wake up to the fact that just as fighting is phasing out of hockey so too are bridge contracts to top young talent.
And then, there is this: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/collins-blue-jackets-beat-hurricanes-014439198--nhl.html LOL.
I don't blame Sather for doing what he's doing, cause this is likely the only time they'll have leverage on Step, but Step is worth 3.5m per, maybe even more. The guy is an excellent 2 way center and last year almost a point per game player under Torts!
I wonder if Step's camp is annoyed that McD got a long term contract instead of a 2 year bridge and that his negotiations were short and sweet.
Like it or not Steps is entitled to a long term 5 million per contract. That's what the market dictates. Skinner, Tavares, Duchene, Hopkins are all getting more than that. Brian Little signed a 5 year 23.5 million contract. Is Brian Little even close to being the player Steps is? Sather should have made a two year deal while the deal was on the table. The question for me is whether Steps will threaten to sit out the season and try to force a Kyle Turris deal. For those who say Steps has no leverage, I disagree. Please pay the man and LGR.
i dont care what anyone says Stephen is a fool for not taking 2.9 per year hes putting a ton of pressure on himself to perform.
I don't understand how anyone can be "confident" with Lindberg taking his spot. Yes, Lindberg has shown talent and potential but remember what everyone thought of Kreider's potential last year. Lindberg has us excited due to what he's shown in Sweden last year, in Traverse City and in camp so far but all three of those venues pale in comparison to what he will experience during the NHL regular season. I just don't know how anyone can be confident he's ready. Hell .. we all thought Kreider was and he wasn't.
Barf. This has gotten stupid. I hate when the Rangers are so pigheaded and in this case, doing business behind the times.
I usually go against Sather, but not this time. There is a solid offer on the table. At this point, Stepan can watch, because we know what is going to happen. He'll come in late. There will be nagging injuries all year as a result. Blah. Blah. Blah. Ultimately, another season will be lost and the guys in the booth will be lamenting that the Rangers had a tough year because of all of this. Am I pretty close?
Ryan Nugent Hopkins just signed a seven year 42 millon deal. Now I doubt Stepan will ever sign a two year deal even if they give him 3.5. Sather overplayed his hand it appears.
Don't know the details of a RFA contract w/ no arbitration, but can the NYR give him 2.9m and then like $600k in bonus clauses? (maybe pretty attainable clauses, like games played, 40pts, etc)
Darren Dreger = negative Nancy. I would see the latest offer from Slats as a small step in the right direction. If Step can counter with 3.2 or so we might have a game, and be able to get Step back in the game on opening night. Still 2 weeks away - it can happen. Freakin press...
@FREE LINDBERG Totally living up to your avatar there, Chicken Little.
Brass is too young? He's 25 (older than Step), and has matured enough right before our eyes last season & post season to play 1st line.
If Richards can bounce back from his horrible last season (determined to prove last year was a fluke?) of course he is a top line center.
Re-read your post and see how silly you sound panicking like you are with still 2 weeks to go in preseason...
Agreed. We, as fans, hear nothing about what is going on. We're just pawns in this whole thing. Step will be in blue come game 1. This always happens.
you're very excited. there is no insult to Stepan here. these proceedings are not at all unusual.
@shishya100 step is a good player he had a great strike shortened season but hes exactly where he should be at 3mil per
@ChrisP makes me sick. Especially because Stepan is as much the heart of this team as Cally recently
@TruBluEsp Totally agree. Lindberg is far from a guarantee of being able to replace Stepan based off of a couple of good games in preseason.
In fairness to Kreider, he's shown flashes of brilliance at the NHL level, and some would say Torts misused him/didn't give him a real chance, etc.
those kinds of signings have limited bearing on other signings.
basically you're saying that Stepan and his agent look at that and say, "If this kid gets that much, than I should too; maybe I should go to a team that's willing to pay me like that."
well, the team paying Nugent-Hopkins like that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2005-2006. Stepan has been in the playoffs each of his three year with hte team he wants to play for: The New York Rangers.
the oilers are in a different situation and they're not quite so tight against the cap. next year all but two of their defensemen are free agents, and not everyone on their roster has a long term deal. it will be interesting for them moving forward, and will the be a contender?
if Stepan's only in it for the money he would have already walked because he knows the Rangers don't have that kind of money.
Sather hasn't overplayed anything. he should come up with about $3.2 million though.
Linberg on a top 2 line can be just as good if not better than Stepan. Sather is saying to Stepan let me see u do it again before I open the bank can't blame him.