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Derek Stepan | Center

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (24) / 6/18/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 196
College: Wisconsin
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Good sign for the New York Rangers: center Derek Stepan skated lightly on Saturday, according to the team.
It's conceivable that he can return in early November as discussed before, although that remains to be seen. He's currently on IR. Once he gets back and shakes off the rust, it could still be a big season for Stepan, who could slide between Rick Nash and Martin St. Louis in a contract year. Oct 25 - 1:01 PM

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Derek Stepan (leg) is expected to resume skating soon.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault wasn't sure exactly when that would be, but he added that he hasn't been asking for daily updates on Stepan's condition. The Rangers put Stepan on the long-term injured reserve list, which means that he can't return until Nov. 3 at the earliest.
Oct 23 - 9:06 AM

Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) has been placed on long-term injured reserve by the Rangers.

He will have to miss at least the club's first 10 games as a result. If he's healthy then Stepan will be eligible to return on Nov. 3 when the Rangers host the St. Louis Blues. With him on LTIR, the Rangers will be able to fit 14 healthy forwards on their roster.
Source: CBS Sports
Oct 6 - 4:11 PM

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said his preference is to put Derek Stepan (leg) on long-term injured reserve.

This maneuver would require Stepan to miss a minimum of 10 games. When Stepan fractured his leg Sept. 24, he was given a four-to-six week timetable, which would see him miss about seven games. More importantly, this move would free the Rangers of his $3.075 million cap hit for the time being, and allow the team to carry 14 forwards, which Vigneault favors with the current roster construction. A decision from the organization will come Monday.
Oct 4 - 10:28 PM

Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) isn't likely to be placed on the long-term injured reserve list.

Stepan would have to miss a minimum of 10 games and 24 days if they put him on the list. It would certainly make things easier for the Rangers from a cap perspective, but it looks like they're hoping he'll return before he would have been eligible to be activated from the LTIR.
Oct 2 - 8:45 AM

Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) knows that bouncing back swiftly after missing most of training camp will be a challenge.

Stepan is out for the next four-to-six weeks. He missed last year's training camp too and struggled as a result, although that time his absence was due to a contract dispute. "I don't think anybody is going to come out of the gates without a training camp and play well," Stepan said. "It's going to take some time. This time is a little different. I'll be able to practice with the team leading up to it and obviously being here with help, having Reggie (strength and conditioning coach Reg Grant) help me along way. Last time doing it on my own in Madison (Wisc.). I'll be able to get reps here and do what I can to get up to speed as fast as possible."
Sep 26 - 10:47 AM

Derek Stepan (fractured fibula) will be out for four-to-six weeks.

Stepan should be expected to miss at least seven regular season games as a result. After that the question is if he will have trouble getting back into the swing of things. It's a long season, but sometimes these significant training camp injuries can throw players out of their routine enough to cause them to underperform for a while after they return.
Sep 24 - 4:58 PM

Derek Stepan has fractured fibula as a result of Wednesday's practice.

This is a huge blow to Stepan and the New York Rangers, although it's worth noting that there's no timetable for his return yet. We're also concerned that he will be sluggish once he does return from the injury, given that he will now miss nearly all of training camp between this injury and the foot contusion he suffered on Sunday. He had 17 goals and 57 points in 82 games last season.
Sep 24 - 12:48 PM

Derek Stepan (foot contusion) returned to practice Wednesday only to suffer a new injury.

Stepan was helped off the ice after sustaining a leg injury. This is a bad string of luck that has conspired to significantly limit his role in the early part of training camp. The Rangers just have to hope that his new injury isn't serious.
Sep 24 - 12:16 PM

Derek Stepan missed Sunday's scrimmage due to a foot contusion.

Stepan has already undergone X-rays and they've come back negative. There's no reason to push him to play in a scrimmage if he's less than 100%. The Rangers haven't offered a timetable yet, but unless further details reveal this injury is worse than it initially sounds, we doubt this is anything more than a day-to-day problem.
Sep 21 - 12:17 PM

Derek Stepan finished with the fourth-most faceoff wins of the playoffs (215), yet that might be an area he'd like to improve upon in 2014-15.

Stepan only won 42.2 percent of his draws in the playoffs. He was also weak in that regard in the regular season, going 829-1512, a 45.2 winning percent.
Jun 15 - 2:56 PM

Henrik Lundqvist’s 48 saves were not enough Friday night and the New York Rangers fell 3-2 in Los Angeles in double overtime, giving the Kings their second Stanley Cup in three seasons.

But the Rangers sure had their chances in OT. Ryan McDonagh hit the right post at 4:42 of the first overtime. Jonathan Quick (28 saves) stopped Chris Kreider’s breakaway at 19:27 of the first overtime and Dan Girardi’s power-play slap shot in the second overtime was tipped off the left post by Mats Zuccarello. "It’s a bummer," Derek Stepan said. "Quality chances, quality looks that don’t find the back of the net with the way Hank is playing. It didn’t seem like we were going to lose that hockey game. Right now, it’s a sour taste. It’s not much fun right now."
Jun 14 - 10:10 AM

Derek Stepan was one of two Ranger players to help clear the puck from the goal line after it squeezed behind goaltender Henrik Lundqvist in Game 4's 2-1 win over Los Angeles.

"Just trying to do whatever I could to get the puck away from the goal line," Stepan said. "I saw the puck, got it and pushed it back under Hank. He never stops surprising me. He's our best player and we're going to need him." Stepan's big play came late in the third while the Kings were pressing, while defenseman Anton Stralman's stick helped prevent the puck from dribbling in earlier in the contest.
Jun 12 - 9:16 AM

Rick Nash is struggling in the playoffs for the New York Rangers, with only three goals in 22 games.

But his linemates aren't excelling either, and Derek Stepan says he and Chris Kreider have to up their game along with Nash if the Rangers have any chance of bouncing back from a 1-0 disadvantage against the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. "As a line, I think we have a lot more to give, all three of us," Stepan said. "We all have strengths that we contribute. Chris skates and Nasher and I create space. It’s not only Rick. Me and Kreids have to step up our games." Stepan has five goals in 20 playoff games and Kreider, four in 11.
Source: NY Post
Jun 7 - 12:06 PM

Derek Stepan (broken jaw) can’t eat solid food for at least another six weeks.

Stepan suffered the injury on a hit from Brandon Prust in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final. He underwent surgery to have a plate inserted into his jaw and missed Game 4, returning for the next two. The Rangers center will continue to sport a facial protector on his helmet. "Vitamix is a lifesaver," Stepan said. "Let’s see how creative I can get." Stepan also said he won't "hold it against" Prust for injuring him.
Jun 1 - 12:03 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3Anthony Duclair
4Tanner Glass
5Ryan Malone
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Marc Staal
4Kevin Klein
5John Moore
6Matt Hunwick
7Dan Boyle
8Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot