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Why Stepan may not celebrate Zuccarello's deal

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07:28 AM ET 07.31 | Mats Zuccarello's gain comes with the side effect of squeezing restricted free agent Derek Stepan. Zuccarello, who might not have received a qualifying offer if not for the rehab confronting [Ryan Callahan and Carl Hagelin] that is expected to go deep into October, signed a one-year, $1.15 million deal yesterday. ... The Rangers seem to have between $2.8-$3.6 million of roster-cap space with which to sign Stepan, the first-line center who is a restricted free agent without arbitration rights -- and by extension, without leverage beyond withholding his services. ... Hence, the squeeze on Stepan ... unless a competitor steps in with an offer sheet the Rangers surely would match but would force general manager Glen Sather to make training camp roster moves not currently contemplated.

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July 31, 2013  08:01 AM ET

Doesnt look like he will get Bozek/First line centre money from NYR.

July 31, 2013  08:29 AM ET
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Doesnt look like he will get Bozek/First line centre money from NYR.

So you're saying Derek's Zucced?

July 31, 2013  08:54 AM ET

Dang. Stephen Weiss got a 5-year deal worth $4.9M/year from the Red Wings and personally I'd rather have Stepan centering my second line than Weiss.

Paging teams with $5M in cap space and a need for a very good 2-way center: Send Stepan an offer sheet.

July 31, 2013  08:54 AM ET

I think they'll squeeze him in.
Someone tell me though...do "incentives" count against the cap?

July 31, 2013  09:18 AM ET
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I think they'll squeeze him in.Someone tell me though...do "incentives" count against the cap?

I think they go against the next years cap. Glad its all quiet on the Henrik front..hopefully that means a deals being worked out.

July 31, 2013  09:26 AM ET

I think Slats will do with Derek Stepan what the Leafs did with Cody Franson: "Listen kid, we really like you but, this is all we have in the bank right now. Stick around till next year ... and we'll make it up to you then."

July 31, 2013  09:33 AM ET
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I think Slats will do with Derek Stepan what the Leafs did with Cody Franson: "Listen kid, we really like you but, this is all we have in the bank right now. Stick around till next year ... and we'll make it up to you then."

Oh and by the way, we have a some great retail property for you in Florida.

July 31, 2013  10:05 AM ET
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Oh and by the way, we have a some great retail property for you in Florida.

YOU DOOOOO???? <pant> <pant> <pant> <looking of check book> <pant>

July 31, 2013  10:44 AM ET

Someone offer sheet him. Why don't more teams offer sheet good young RFA's.

July 31, 2013  11:07 AM ET
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Someone offer sheet him. Why don't more teams offer sheet good young RFA's.

Burke's Law?

July 31, 2013  11:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Oh and by the way, we have a some great retail property for you in Florida.

Complete with wildlife.

July 31, 2013  11:24 AM ET
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Complete with wildlife.

Carlos Danger moved to Florida?

July 31, 2013  02:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

I think they go against the next years cap. Glad its all quiet on the Henrik front..hopefully that means a deals being worked out.

Ya better hope so! He's been your team for years......if we are talking the one and only Henrik that dwells between the pipes.

July 31, 2013  04:43 PM ET
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Carlos Danger moved to Florida?

I don't know about that, but Sanfords security knows how to stand its ground.

July 31, 2013  04:44 PM ET
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Carlos Danger moved to Florida?

More women could have come forward, but they ain't done laffin' yet.

 
July 31, 2013  09:20 PM ET

Looks like Sather will be making roster moves he didn't contemplate making....Stepan is the real deal....pay the kid...

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