4:58PM: Stepan told Ranger Rants that he is focusing on what he does and letting his agents handle the negotiations.
Stepan said that this is part of the business and part of being a pro hockey player.
He added that he isn’t sure what he will do after the USA camp ends and that he will probably return home to Minnesota for a little while before training camp.
4:43PM: “There is a lot of excited energy. We are a team that is pysched to have a little change of scenery. We have a good balance between young guys and older guys. There are a lot of guys who can’t wait for September.”
3:41PM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that the stalemate with Stepan’s new contract has continued but that talks are expected to intensify as training camp starts in early September.
1:43PM: At the USA Hockey Camp in Washington, Derek Stepan told Steve Zipay he doesn’t anticipate NOT being at Rangers training camp when it opens in September.
Stepan is an RFA.
He told Zipay that these type of contract situations take time and both sides are working toward finding a number that works for both sides.
Ryan McDonagh told Zipay that Stepan will be at camp.
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