According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the Rangers have offered Derek Stepan a two-year deal worth $2.9 million per, while the center is looking more in the $3.5 million range.
Here's Alain Vigneault on his number one center's holdout (via New York Times)…
“I’m functioning as if he’s not here. Lots of guys are pushing. We’ll have to sort this out as we move forward. I like the way Oscar is skating. And I really like Kristo. Ryan is not here, Haggie is not here, and Step’s not here. I’m planning for the guys that are.”
…i know Sather has Stepan by the balls, but man the Rangers are squeezing him. $2.9 million per is almost an insult. I've got to assume if Sather can bump it to $3.1 million, Stepan would sign. Which is ridiculous considering the small amount of money (professional contract-wise) that could be holding this up.
…someone also needs to remind Stepan that after holding out for eight days, Dubinsky signed a two-year deal for $3.7 million total or $1.85 million per. So he'd actually be doing quite well at $3 million per.
Apparently, Vigneault admitted to Pat Leonard at the Daily News that the Rangers could potentially place Ryan Callahan (shoulder) and Carl Hagelin (shoulder) on long term injury reserve to open up additional cap space for Stepan.
That transaction would force the Callahan and Hagelin to miss the first 10 games of the season.
“Hockey’s gonna have a say in (who we carry on the roster), but the (salary) cap will also have a say in it,” Vigneault said. “That’s always the reality of today’s game . . . that question you usually ask the money guy.”
…this would only be a temporary fix as Sather would have to figure out the cap situation when Cally and Hags are eligible to come back. Got to hate the business side of sports.