Read: The Backloading Of Derek Stepan’s Contract

Derek StepanDerek Stepan’s two-year deal with the Rangers worth $6.15 million has a cap hit of $3.075 million and is broken down by year as:

  • Year One: $2.3 million
  • Year Two: $3.85 million

Bob McKenzie notes that the $3.85 million in the second-year will lead to a higher qualifying offer when his contract expires.

Stepan, unlike this year, will have arbitration rights when his next contract expires.

The deal is similar to PK Subban’s contract, $2 million in year-one and $3.75 million in year two, Nazem Kadri, $3.1 million in year-one and $2.7 million in year-two, and Logan Couture, $2.75 in year-one and $3 million in year-tw.