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05-29-2013, 10:56 AM
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Scott Gordon coached Bergeron in the AHL during the 2004-05 lockout and Stepan at the WC in 2011. He compared Stepan to Bergeron. That's one spot filled. Brassard said he really needed a change from Columbus. Hockey wasn't fun anymore in Columbus. Brassard made those comments on Monday. He has one more year on his contract and then he is a group II with arb rights. His QO is $3.7M. Cap number is $3.25M. He is an interesting player. Jeff Gorton did his work on him before the 06 draft. He played really well in the Caps series. He is still is 25. Stepan and Brassard are not big players. Bergeron and Krejci aren't big players either. None of the free agent centers are big players either. Miller could be that power center. Mike Richards/Ryan Kesler type. The latter learned at the NHL level. Kesler had some so-so years in the NHL before he exploded and became one of the top forwards in the league before the injuries hit him hard. He spent 1 full season in the AHL and that was during the second Bettman lockout. I go back and forth with Stepan's contract. He is 4 years away from group III. 5 years and $20M. Includes 1 group III year. The Rangers have ample room amnestying Bad Richards. Instead of giving Stepan 2 years at $5M and then giving him more than $4M in next contract,make it 5 years and he will probably outperform the contract. Look at Krejci's contract.

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