According to Bob McKenzie at TSN, Derek Stepan is looking for the same six year, $28.2 million deal that Ryan McDonagh received earlier this offseason, while the Rangers are holding firm on a two-year bridge deal.
Glen Sather recently exclaimed that the Rangers were not going to give Stepan a long term deal.
...please no offer sheet, please no offer sheet, please no offer sheet.
....oh brother this is getting ugly. There's no worse way to get the fans against you than by holding out for a better contract. Just ask Dubi.
...the Rangers wanting to give their young RFA center a two-year deal instead of a long term contract is standard operating procedure for Sather and Stepan should fall in line like the rest of the Rangers did. He's still young and a big contract will be waiting for him next season when the Rangers will likely extend him.
If Step wants McD's deal GIVE IT TO HIM. Have we not seen the ridiculous deals that RFA forwards have been getting this offseason??? With the cap going up McD's deal is a BARGAIN for Stepan. Step at his worst is a 50 point a year player who kills penalties and is a great locker groom guy. That is well worth McDonaugh's deal. The Rangers would be stupid to not give him that because it's only gonna cost em more in the future.
It's just business and both sides are approaching it as such. Even if he eventually signs a bridge contract he is gaining something the result of this. Plus you have to shoot to score. Why not demand it? Sather has certainly not shown that he is above the more than occasional blunder. I'd ask for the keys to the Garden..."Yeah, and I want a Zamboni too!"
It is so interesting to me how sports have taken off to the point where the fans consider contracts and salaries, and athletes are followed and people even care what comes out of their mouths. Growing up back in the 1800's we didn't know, didn't care. Just throw the ball into the peach barrel and shut the f*%k up. Haha. I'm by no means making fun of us now, but it really is interesting that all of this extra stuff is now entertainment. Do we really like it, or is it just the only thing on? It's like whale blubber. Do the Injuit eat it b/c they want to, or simply bc it's the only thing on the Arctic buffet?
I agree with Stepan, he deserve every penny that Mc Donna is getting. I hope he will hold still on his demand and if he doesn't get it, it will force Slats to trade him. Don't get me wrong I love the guy, he is one of my favored players but what's fair is fair. It's time that someone is knocking that arrogant ass down to size. ( Sather that is )
I would give Stepan McDonagh's deal in a heartbeat, but I get Sather's position. Give in to Step now and all that "leverage" Sather has is toast for future situations like this. Although, if Kadri ends up getting a long term deal, I think Sather almost has to give it to Step.
completely off topic, but i saw a video of the Henrique goal tonight :( The fact is I am still so bitter over that, I can't imagine the guys on the Rangers that were there are over it either. 19 and that is the only season I remember where I felt we actually were a contender... I want to have another season where we are a contender so badly, it was the most amped up I have been about the Rangers my entire life.
Lets think about this for a second. This team has lacked a legit #1 center for quite some time now, and we can theoretically wrap a home grown one up for an extended period of time. Seems like a no brainer... Yes Stepan is young, but would you rather give him a McDonagh type of deal now or overpay for a "#1 center" next offseason and have them be a disappointment. Stepan knows what it takes to play in New York and has stepped up. Give he kid a contract he deserves.
I like Stepan A LOT, but still think that he is not YET deserving of a 6-year contract. He will get his money in time. A little humility won't hurt a player of his age.
Sather is doing exactly what the Rangers always do
Defenseman tend to get longer deals instead of bridge contracts and forwards seem to get bridge deals. Obviously this is not a rule, but look at Staal also. Sather doing the same thing with Staal and Dubi as he is doing with MCD and Stepan.
So when do we all start our collective depressive binge drinking (or at least a group hug)? Between this and the Lundqvist issue, I'm not sure I can handle it.
In all fairness... Stepan deserves the same contract that Mac got (if not more).... The problem is the Rangers can't give it to him with their current cap situation
Disagree Kevin. Yes an offer sheet, then decline and get some top draft picks for the future. Stepan hasn't established hiself to waarant along term deal. McD got the deal because of the shortage of top grade defensemen like him. Hope Stepan takes the bridge deal and if he keeps up his good play from last season, reward him with a rewritten long term deal after this season.
if the Isles even thought about offersheeting Stepan, Glen would have Ryan Strome's agent on line 1 the second he hits RFA. GMs know better than to cross Sather, if you ask me.
Said it in another thread, but I disagree with the "fall in line" comment. Well, not disagree, but Slats should haven't known better and signed Stepan first if he was going to break the mold on McD. That's negotiating 101. You can't refer to your "track record" when your most recent transaction doesn't fit the "trend" you're trying to pitch.
Come on Kevin....you are smarter than this! There is no offer sheet coming. If it was, it would've come already. Unless some team makes a random move to clear space and no one can figure out why, I wouldn't even think about those words.
As for contract, I'm still not concerned and expect it to get done in about a week. Step will come around cause he won't want to miss camp, no matter what his agent tells him. My only fear is if this goes into the press. As much as I've joked I've wondered if he's alive, I like the fact we've heard nothing about this all summer.
The one thing I'm not happy about is him not being in NY with rest of team for informal practices. Absolutely no reason for him not to be there for that and he better think long and hard before staying away the rest of the week.
@queensbee Just take a deep breath, it'll all work out. this is the status quo - agent & GM will see the light when camp opens
The Lundqvist issue may linger throughout the season, but that should get done sometime too.
If not, c'est la vie in the NHL
Yes they can. They sent Asham and Powe through Waivers and they both cleared meaning they go to Hartford. The move saves the Rangers an additional 1.85 mil. They have about 4 mil to spend. The savings won't show until the season starts. They can match any offer sheet given to Stepan. If its ridiculous they might have to move someone or put a player on waivers but they're good. I'd bet they meet on middle ground with a 2 year deal.
@FREE LINDBERG Pretty sure cap has nothing to do with it - Sather doesn't agree Step should get same. I'm honestly still trying to figure out how Mac got the contract he did cause Sather never hands ones like that out lol.
@lennynyr not looking to the future... We have Hank in his prime to lose Stepan would be disastrous no matter what. We have spent hundreds of millions of dollars trying to find a first line center... now that we have a home-grown guy we let him go at 23 years old.... I would be hardpressed to watch the games with joy this year if that happened
@johnnyb3910 McDonagh has arbitration rights. He was probably getting that deal no matter what.
@johnnyb3910 He didn't break the mold with McD as he has arbitration rights. Stepan has no leverage. Unless of course someone comes along with an offer sheet.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) Come on Melissa, you are smart enough to know that most of the stuff on this blog is hyperbole. Obviously a offer sheet is beyond unlikely, but man this situation is screaming for someone (see the Islanders) to submit one.
@Melissa (blknblueshirts) There's a perfectly good reason: He's unemployed. If he takes a puck to the mouth, blows out a knee, or gets a concussion, he'll be paying his medical bills out of his savings account. No contract = no team liability.
@Centerman21 They need to re-put Asham and Powe through waivers if they want to send them down. Not saying they won't do that or they won't clear (and probably would be even better if they don't) but it still needs to be done before they can be sent down. That said, I still don't think cap is the issue. It's pure stubbornness by Sather.
@KevinDeLury Okay you win on that one. For a second I actually thought you were serious on that. Yes I should know better. My bad lol.
@johnnyb3910 Good point but if Dubi, Staal and Del Zotto were around at this point when they didn't have contracts, it looks really bad that he isn't. That's all I was saying.
@FREE LINDBERG I agree 100%. I said Sather doesn't agree, not me. I would give Step the same contract in a heartbeat cause if he was a UFA he prob could get close to double it!