Player News - Rangers

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Derek Stepan has inked a six-year, $39 million contract with the New York Rangers.

The two sides avoided arbitration with almost no time to spare. Stepan had been seeking a $7.25 million contract from the arbitrator while the Rangers countered at $5.2 million, so this agreement is a logical middle ground based on those figures. Stepan still hasn't recorded more than 57 points in a single season, but it wouldn't be surprising to see him reach the 70-point mark before this new deal is over. You could argue that he's being overpaid just because he still has something left to prove, but the flip side is that it's not hard to see him turning into a player that makes this deal look like a discounted price. All-in-all, it strikes us as a reasonable compromise.
Jul 27 - 10:12 AM

Jeff Gorton was considered Maple Leafs president Brendan Shanahan’s first choice to be the team’s general manager, according to Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun.

We knew the Leafs had tried to talk to Gorton during their process. Rangers president Glen Sather never allowed Gorton, now the team’s GM, to even speak to other teams while he was the assistant, however. We think the Maple Leafs got a pretty good consolation prize if that’s the case. Lou Lamoriello is certainly no slouch.
Source: Toronto Sun
Jul 26 - 7:08 PM

Derek Stepan and the Rangers are just over $2 million apart in arbitration offers, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman.

Stepan is seeking a $7.25 contract and the Rangers have filed for $5.2 million. The center is set for an arbitration hearing Monday. While it appears to be a wide gap, the Rangers are reportedly interested in a six-year deal worth $6.5-6.75 million per season, while Stepan seeks $7.25-7.5 million for seven, so it’s possible something in the middle of these will be agreed upon soon. It’s worth noting Capitals goalie Braden Holtby filed an $8 million request and the Capitals offered $5.1 million, and the two sides reached a long-term compromise. Stepan had 16 goals and 55 points last season. The Rangers have about $6.9 million in cap space, according to generalfanager.com
Jul 25 - 6:10 PM

According to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, the Rangers "are believed interested" in offering Derek Stepan a six-year contract with an average annual value between $6.5-6.75 million.

The restricted free agent center will have an arbitration hearing Monday. He is believed to be seeking a seven-year deal worth around $7.25-7.5 million per season, according to Brooks. Stepan ranked third on the team with 55 points last season. The Rangers have about $6.9 million in cap space, according to generalfanager.com
Jul 25 - 12:35 PM

Martin St. Louis said that there was no one thing that led to his retirement, but his family appears to be among the motivating factors.

"They're getting to an age right now where I've been missing a lot of their stuff, and that time you can't get back," St. Louis said. "That played a huge part in my decision." He feels like he could have still contributed at the NHL level if he wanted to, which isn't hard to believe after he scored 21 goals and 52 points in 74 contests last season.
Jul 20 - 10:46 PM

Chris Kreider says the Rangers’ work toward getting over the hump in the playoffs and winning a Stanley Cup begins in the offseason.

Specifically, the Rangers forward says the young players need to continue to earn larger roles. Kreider is one of those players; in his age-24 season, he had 21 goals and 46 points. "A lot of teams within our division made moves -- a lot of moves. We're a young team and guys have to put in the work this offseason and we have to build from within," Kreider said. "We've got to step up and take a larger role as individuals and contribute more and be more consistent across the board. The leaders will set the tone and we've got a really good group of vets, so it's up to the young guys to follow."
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 19 - 9:50 PM

Mat Bodie has re-signed with the New York Rangers.

Bodie had five goals and 32 points in 75 AHL games last season. He'll have a very tough time making the team's roster out of training camp, but he might join the Rangers at some point during the season as an injury replacement.
Jul 17 - 5:08 PM

J.T. Miller has accepted his qualifying offer.

Miller will consequently make about $874,000 in 2014-15. He had 10 goals and 23 points in 58 games last season.
Jul 15 - 4:41 PM

Jesper Fast has agreed to a two-year, $1.9 million contract extension with the New York Rangers.

Fast was a restricted free agent after completing his entry-level deal. He had six goals and 14 points in 58 contests in 2014-15.
Jul 15 - 4:39 PM

Dylan McIlrath has inked a one-year, $600,000 contract with the New York Rangers.

It's a one-way deal, so McIlrath won't take a pay cut if he's sent to the minors. He had 17 points and 165 penalty minutes in 73 AHL games last season.
Jul 15 - 10:45 AM

Oscar Lindberg has agreed to a two-year, $1.3 million contract extension.

Lindberg had 28 goals and 56 points in 75 AHL contests. It's worth emphasizing that his new deal is one-way, so the Rangers will be paying the same sum even if they send him to the minors. His spot with the Rangers is still far from secure, but it wouldn't be shocking to see him make the team's roster out of training camp.
Jul 14 - 5:51 PM

Emerson Etem's newly signed contract with the New York Rangers is a one-year, $850,500 deal.

In other words, Etem eventually inked the qualifying offer the Rangers presented him with. He had five goals and 10 points in 45 games with the Anaheim Ducks last season.
Jul 14 - 5:25 PM

Emerson Etem has agreed to a contract extension with the New York Rangers.

The terms of the deal haven't been made available. Etem was a restricted free agent coming off of his entry-level deal. The Rangers got him from Anaheim in June as part of a deal involving picks and former Ranger Carl Hagelin. Etem had five goals and 10 points in 45 contests last season. He has a significant amount of offensive upside, but the big question is if he can secure a top-six spot with the Rangers. That's far from a safe bet, but he's nevertheless worth keeping an eye on during training camp.
Jul 14 - 2:53 PM

The New York Rangers and Derek Stepan have an arbitration date set for July 27.

That's in the latter end of the arbitration hearing schedule, which likely suits both parties fine as a recent report suggested that they aren't even fully into the preliminary negotiating stages. Stepan had 16 goals and 55 points in 68 contests in 2014-15. He earned $3.85 million last season and is likely in for an even bigger payday in 2015-16.
Source: NHLPA.com
Jul 13 - 6:00 PM

According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the New York Rangers have yet to make a long-term offer to Restricted Free-Agent Derek Stepan.

"We’re told talks between the parties haven’t quite even reached the preliminary stages of negotiating," wrote Brooks. "With the Blueshirts yet to submit an opening proposal for a long-term deal to their 25-year-old center." The 25-year-old scored 16 goals and 55 points in just 68 games. The Rangers would do well to lock him up before his arbitration hearing takes place later this month.
Source: NY Post
Jul 12 - 10:48 AM


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