Stepan is unsigned and Sather was asked if he felt Stepan would have a contract when training camp starts.
Sather said that the Rangers are looking to give Stepan a two-year “bridge” or “gap” contract like the organization has done with players in the past.
He added that the plan will be for Stepan and the Rangers to work on an extension after he plays the first year of his contract.
Sather said, “I am not going to give a long-term contract at this stage and he is a good player, a smart player, a good team guy. There is certainly nothing wrong with him but you need to wait a little while before you get the big bucks.”
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