Buzz: There Is Still Distance Between The Rangers and Derek Stepan

Derek StepanLast night on TSN’s Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie said that Derek Stepan is not only looking for a contract similar to the bridge deal that Matt Duchene signed, two-years and $3.5 million per season, but that he may be looking for more money per season than that the $3.5 Duchene got.

McKenzie notes that the Rangers seem comfortable giving Stepan $3 million per season, or a number a little higher, but there continues to be “significant distance” in the talks.

Jeff Gorton said recently that the Rangers are offering Stepan bridge contract because of the lower salary cap this season.

THIS SECTION has all previous updates on the Stepan contract.

The NY Post reports that there is no new progress.