11:17AM: (9/20/13) Pierre LeBrun says in a chat that the Rangers aren’t going over $3 million per year for Stepan and that Stepan is looking for $3.5 million per season.
1:46PM: (9/19/13) At TSN, Darren Dreger writes that Derek Stepan is still locked in hardball negotiations with the Rangers over the amount of money he will get paid on his two-year deal.
Dreger writes that Stepan is looking for $7 million over two seasons while the Rangers “would happily” sign Stepan to a deal for $6 million over two seasons.
He says that the difference may not seem like much but the Rangers are “crunching” every dollar they can to comply with the salary cap.
Dreger says that at this point it seems unlikely that Stepan will be with the Rangers when they start the season in Phoenix on October 3rd.
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