Buzz: A Deal For Derek Stepan is NOT Imminent (Update)


9:34PM: Nick Kypreos tweets that Nazem Kadri has signed a two-year deal worth just under $6 million.

Bob McKenzie says that the deal is for $2.9 million per

7:15PM: On TSN Drive, Darren Dreger said “If you don’t take advantage of the system then you are going to turn the system upside down.”

Dreger says that he doesn’t think that the Rangers will cave and that he will eventually have to succumb to a shorter contract.

4:27PM: Strang writes at ESPN NY that it is believed that the two sides are still far apart while the Rangers continue to offer a bridge contract and Stepan’s camp looks for a bigger contract.

3:03PM: Katie Strang confirms that Stepan will not report to training camp without a contract

10:02AM: Derek Stepan’s agent Matt Oates tells Larry Brooks that a new contract for Derek Stepan is not imminent and that Stepan will not report to training camp without a deal.

THIS SECTION is about Stepan’s contract talks.

Adam Rotter: The Rangers have all of today to work out a deal before Stepan is a holdout and they have until Thursday before Stepan begins to miss on-ice work. We don’t know the status of the negotiations and whether there is a fundamental disagreement, bridge vs long-term deal, or if there is an agreement on term and differences with money. No matter the issue, it needs to be resolved quickly because it does no one any good to have the number one center miss time while the new coach is going over his system.