Thread: Player Discussion: Derek Stepan Version 2.0
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04-23-2013, 04:17 PM
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Originally Posted by 16 To Stanley View Post
I'm not a fan of 8 year contracts, but at the end of it he'll be what, 31?

I'd have to be ok with that. He hasn't shown any health issues and while that stuff is never predictable, getting a high level producing stepan for 8 years at 4.5 versus getting him for 3 than having to potentially pay him 6Mil plus is nerve wracking.

Tough decision.
i don't think the numbers are going to be that high, but i'd take him for the 8 in a heartbeat. no way do i want to shovel out 6 a year to him, but for 4.5 i don't see him ever becoming less than a #2 2 way center. thinking about injuries making deals and nobody gets more than 4 years. stepan's only injury 'seemed' to be the knee as far as i recall, and he doesn't seem to be struggling with that at all. he's a head-up player who doesn't put himself into a position to be injured very often-- unless you count shot blocking, but meh... we've shown that's not all that bad

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