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03-13-2013, 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by EsposHounds View Post
For what it is worth, I also do not believe we get Step at 2.5 per year. I would like to see a 3 to 3.5 million for three years, but I am ok with 3.5 per year for two years. Step has been as good as any of the forwards on most nights this year other than the first 3-5 games.
He has no negotiating leverage. He won't get that much on a 2 year deal, and that's normally what Sather gives to players coming off their ELC.

McD and Hagelin are different because they were older when they signed their ELCs, so they will be arbitration eligible. That gives them leverage. Stepan isn't. His only options are to sign the contract that Sather offers, sit out, or sign an offer sheet, if he gets one.

Whether or not you think he deserves 3.5 mil based on his play is irrelevant.

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