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Do Rangers have Derek Stepan in corner?

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09:17 AM ET 09.22 | By any objective measure, the $7 million over two years Derek Stepan is attempting to get from the Rangers is below market value. The problem for Stepan is that as a Group II free agent without arbitration rights, he belongs to the only class of NHL players that essentially is excluded from the market and that operates without comparables against which to measure. Compounding the problem is that as a Ranger, Stepan belongs to one of the few teams in the NHL that uses the leverage it owns under the collective bargaining agreement when negotiating with these Group II's. So Stepan is in a corner. But the problem isn't his alone, not by a long shot. Because if it seems counter-intuitive for a 23-year-old to risk missing a chunk of the season and a shot at the Olympics over $600,000 for two years, it seems even more absurd for the Rangers to draw a line in the sand with one of their most important players over the same amount of money.

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September 22, 2013  09:19 AM ET

Let's Go Pens!!

September 22, 2013  09:40 AM ET

Maybe Mr. Viola could make him an offer-sheet he can't refuse.

September 22, 2013  11:27 AM ET

Derek the line in the sand is like dominoes

September 22, 2013  01:21 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Maybe Mr. Viola could make him an offer-sheet he can't refuse.

Did he make his money making wooden stringed instruments? Sounds like a nickname a Luthier would have.

Dang! Yoyo mah broke his instrument......oh well call Mr Viola! There is a vowel there, so I'm assuming Italian???

September 22, 2013  01:25 PM ET

Yes he's in a corner. Too bad, and that's part of the business as well, so I fell no sorrow for a guy already making $ 600,000 more than I.

Ok, ok....595,999!

September 22, 2013  01:26 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Yes he's in a corner. Too bad, and that's part of the business as well, so I fell no sorrow for a guy already making $ 600,000 more than I. Ok, ok....595,999!

Thens I wents to the beers store, and came backer home to worked on my spellings and stuffs!

September 22, 2013  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Thens I wents to the beers store, and came backer home to worked on my spellings and stuffs!

By the looks of it, yer not drinkin 'nough of the right kind of cheap beers to make a difference. ;-)

 
September 22, 2013  06:06 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Derek the line in the sand is like dominoes

Just ask the Prez.

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