At ESPN Insider, Craig Custance writes about the RFA situations for Derek Stepan and how the negotiations are going.
Custance spoke with Rangers assistant GM Jeff Gorton, who handles contract negotiations, and Gorton said that the Rangers are pursuing a bridge contract with Derek Stepan because that is what they can afford with a lower salary cap.
Gorton tells Custance that the Rangers desire to go with a bridge contract “has nothing to do with the player, especially in this case” and that a bridge contract will make things easier for the team as they try to navigate through this season before the cap rises.
He added that there is only so much money to go around in the salary cap era and that some guys have to wait to sign a big contract.
The Rangers and Stepan are believed to be about $1 million apart in their talks.
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