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08-08-2013, 02:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Lundsanity30 View Post
Except he has, He's been in the league 3 years, and his #'s both offensively and defensively have gone up each season. Rangers if they had the cap space, would lock him up long term IMO.. The reason not to is he's 4 years away from UFA, so even if we gave him 6 years, thats only taking 2 years of his UFA.. Do the 2 year bridge contract, then after that lock him up for 6 years, which buys out 4 UFA years.
Good post and I agree with everyrhing you're saying here.
Stepan has been a special player for us but I believe he will be hard pressed to jump another level production wise because his God given talent may not be godd enough where as his hockey IQ (which has gotten him to where he is) is exceptional!

You can't install Stepan as our permanent 1C and expect him to play up to the level of legit 1C's thruout the league. It would be a diservice to him.

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