Derek Stepan Negotiations (9/19-Dreger: "Unlikely" Stepan signs before season opens)
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09-18-2013, 08:49 AM
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I remember the cup, but I remember that it was more than Messier that won it.
I remember that it was more than Richter that won it.
What is more in my head is the threat of holding out and potentially NOT attending the cup raising ceremony had the 94-95 season started on time.
And I remember the lies that were told during the season that he was more than patient waiting until the off-season so that the Garden brass could get the the Patrick Ewing deal done.
And I remember the Rangers making an offer to Messier that would have paid him EXACTLY what a better player was making and I remember Messier taking a 5 year deal worth 30 million (3 years and 20 million guaranteed) from Vancouver. A contract he was not deserving of at that time.
That's what i remember.
Mess was a HUGE part of the Cup. Leetch says it, Richter says it.
If you remember the cup, then you shouldn't begrudge someone looking for a payday on their retirement contract.
I wasn't happy he went to Vancouver either, but it's his prerogative and at that point, he could ask for anything he wanted... someone would give it to him.
Stepan does not have that luxury. Not yet.
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