According to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, there is no progress whatsoever toward resolving the negotiating impasse between the Rangers and Derek Stepan, with a pair of sources indicating the parties’ positions have hardened.
…well that's not exactly what I wanted to hear as the Rangers prepare to head out to Western Canada for the remainder of training camp.
…i've said it before, but with how well guys like Brassard, Moore and Lindberg have been playing at center in the preseason you wonder if Stepan is even guaranteed a spot when he signs.
…this has gotten past the point of stupid. I'm beyond convinced that when Stepan finally does re-sign, he'll be so far behind, he'll be playing catch-up all season. And for a guy who the Rangers are going to rely on for consistent offense, that's not good.