Derek Stepan unsigned and therefore out of camp is seeking nothing other from the Rangers than “the fair market value he has earned” Matt Oates the center’s agent told The Post on Thursday. “Derek isn’t interested in negotiating his contract through the press but there’s been a lot of speculation out there about what he’s asking for and this and that” Oates said in a phone conversation. “We just want to make sure there are no misconceptions. “Derek has put himself in a category with all those guys coming out of Entry Level who received long-term contracts’’ he said. “He’s earned that but we have never said that we wouldn’t explore a short-term deal either. We’re just looking for a deal that will reflect his performance. “I think it’s beneficial for the Rangers to lock him up long-term but if that’s not possible at this time we’re certainly willing to engage management on a short-term deal in order to get this done and get Derek on the ice.” Stepan led the Rangers with 44 points (18-26) last season in the final year of his club-friendly three-year Entry Level deal in which he earned $875000 per. His career numbers (56-84-140) compare favorably to athletes within in his age class and experience level. Indeed Stepan who has finished each of the last two seasons as the Blueshirts’ first-line center recorded the eighth-most points in the NHL the last three years among players who were 23 or younger at the conclusion of 2012-13. The Hastings Minn. native notably out-produced Carolina’s Jeff Skinner (64-67-131) who is on a six-year second contract worth $5.25 million per year as well as Colorado’s Matt Duchene (58-80-138) who is on the second and final season of a two-year deal worth $3.5M per prior to a five-year extension at $6M per that kicks in next year.
Stepan open to short-term deal with Rangers
New York Post | Sep 13