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09-18-2013, 08:26 AM
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Originally Posted by pld459666 View Post
That doesn't scare ANYONE

At 3 million he's underpaid.

At 3.5 million he's underpaid.

Now, while I get that he has LIMITED leverage, he still has to think long term.

A 3.25 contract today means a QO of 3.25 in 2 years after this bridge deal expires. Should his development stall for any reason, in order for the Rangers to keep their 45-50+ point scoring center, Stepan is ensuring that he maximizes his potential earning power beyond this contract.

Just like a game of chess, moves made today are done with the eye towards the future.

If his development continues the upward trend, then the next contract will take care of itself.

At the end of the day, the Rangers are trying to limit his money today with an eye towards the future as well.

Stepan, with limited leverage and all, is well within his rights to make sure that should this be his last contract he makes as much as he can.

These guys play a game where career ending injuries happen. They may not happen every year, and they may not happen all that often, but they happen and you have to protect yourself against that when you have the opportunity to do so...such as when you are a Free Agent as Stepan is in this case.

I don't give a good rats arse what he's making. $250k is STILL A LOT OF MONEY
It's not scary, but good enough for ~5 games. That center corps should be somewhere 15-20th in the league, not good, not terrible.

Look, you can't discard the comparables. Would someone give Stepan $6M+ per year as an UFA? Most likely.

But he isn't an UFA, so on a 2-year deal $3M+ is a more than a fair offer. He'll get the long-term $6M/year deal when his 2-year contract expires.

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