Read: The Rangers and Derek Stepan are Talking But It Has To Be A Bridge Contract (Updates)


2:36PM: At ESPN NY, Strang spoke with Sather and said that Stepan is willing to take a bridge contract but that the sides aren’t close on money.

Sather said that he hopes this can be resolved quickly and that Stepan has to be careful not to miss too much time in camp.

10:47AM: McDonagh’s comments on Stepan:

  • “Of course. I message with him back and forth. He has called me, asking how guys are doing. It’s a tough situation for him, he is so competitive and loves the game of hockey. I am just telling him stay positive, that everyone’s situation is different and you gotta go with what your agent, yourself and family feel. When he gets here, which we are confident he will, we will welcome him and use him and utilize his talents.

10:23AM: Katie Strang tweets that Ryan McDonagh has been talking with Derek Stepan and that Stepan has been asking how things are going and how the guys are doing.

McDonagh says that it is a tough situation for Stepan to be in but that when a contract is done he will be welcomed back.

Steve Zipay says that McDonagh has told Stepan to stay positive.

10:19AM: According to Katie Strang, Rangers President and GM Glen Sather spoke with the media about the Derek Stepan contract situation.

He said that the two parties are in constant communication about getting a deal done but that the contract has to be a bridge contract.

Sather said on Edmonton radio a few weeks ago that Stepan was going to get a bridge contract.

THIS SECTION is about Stepan’s contract talks.