Derek Stepan Negotiations (9/19-Dreger: "Unlikely" Stepan signs before season opens)
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09-18-2013, 09:11 AM
Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Danbury, CT
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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.
I never said Messier was not a huge part of the cup.
He was paid handsomely for it with teh Rangers making him the highest paid player in the game for the three seasons that followed.
I 1000% disagree that it entitled him to a retirement contract.
He was brought here to do a job. The contract he had stated that should he win the cup he could re-open things and negotiate a new deal. He did and the Rangers paid him.
He ASSUMED that his talents would not diminish and he assumed that fan pressure would force the Gardens hand into signing him to a contract he was no longer deserving of.
He assumed wrong...very wrong.
And the following three seasons displayed the good sense the Rangers had in not resigning him.
Yeah they missed the PO's, but Messier would not have made one bit of difference in that. He was a declining player who's effectiveness had begun to wane. He wasn't worth the 20 million the Canucks paid him
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