Buzz: The Derek Stepan Stalemate and Where The Talks Are

Stepan In the NY Post, Larry Brooks writes that unless there is a big change, Derek Stepan isn’t expected to be in New York on Wednesday to report for training camp.

Brooks says that Stepan, as noted before, is seeking a deal similar to the one that Ryan McDonagh signed while the Rangers are offering a bridge contract.

Brooks notes that Stepan is believed to be looking for a five or six year deal worth around $5 million per season while the Rangers are offering a two-year contract between $2.75 million and $3 million.

He says that Stepan’s only leverage in talks would be if he signs an offer sheet but that there isn’t any buzz around the league that someone will send Stepan an offer sheet.

Brooks says that a deal similar to the one that Matt Duchene signed, two years and $7 million, could likely get a deal.

Stepan said that he expected to be at training camp and Glen Sather has said that Stepan is going to get a bridge contract.

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