Is Derek Stepan the number 1 priority this summer?
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05-31-2013, 08:48 AM
Join Date: May 2011
I think it'd be smart to frankly lock up both long term, but I'm not sure we have the resources to do it.
If there's one thing I love Torts for, it was not using McDonagh on the power play. If he got those extra ten points, we'd be looking at a 45 point top pairing defenseman who's superb defensively. In other words, a 6+ mil contract. Instead, we can get him for hopefully 4-4.5 long term and then watch him blossom and have his contract be like Letang's. If he stays stagnant, whatever, it's still market price.
Stepan, if he improves on faceoffs, could very well be an excellent two-way 60-70 point center. If he becomes our Bergeron, we'd look foolish two years from now instead of, again, retaining him long term at ~4ish.
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