The salary gap between the Rangers and Derek Stepan

Stepan7/23/15 | 9:12PM: The Rangers and Derek Stepan are talking about a multi-year contract with the Rangers believed to be interested in a six-year deal worth between $6.5 and $6.75 million per season. (NY Post)

Stepan is believed to be seeking “at least seven years” and in the range of $7.25 to $7.5 million. (NY Post) 

At this point it seems as if Stepan will head to arbitration on Monday and the Rangers will have to decide if they want to elect a one-year or two-year award. (NY Post) 

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How Neil Smith used to mess with Lou Lamoriello

In the book Behind The Moves, former Rangers GM Neil Smith details how he used to mess with former Devils GM and current Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello.

Smith said, “nobody f—– with Lou because he was such a hardass. But he and I once flew to Chicago together on Devils Owner Dr. McMullen’s plane. Back in the 1990s’, the portable phones had an LCD display that would say, ‘phone is on’ and the time. You could change ‘phone is on’ to….whatever you wanted. Lou had the same phone as me and I said, ‘Hey, you’ve got the same phone. Can I see it for a minute?’

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