Derek Stepan Negotiations (9/19-Dreger: "Unlikely" Stepan signs before season opens)
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09-18-2013, 11:02 AM
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Exactly. Stepan is looking for a contract that he would have gotten had the cap not been lowered.
And the Rangers could be offering a contract looking to pay him had the cap gone down further.
If we assume that Stepan is asking 3.8 per, pure speculation on my part based on the report that he wanted more than Matt D got in Colorado, logic tells me that Sather and the Rangers came in at a number significantly under 3 million per. And since I look at a few hundred thousand dollars as significant I can see the Rangers initial offer in the 2.75k to 2.85k range.
Someone above stated that he should sign the 3.2-3.3 per year bridge deal, yet we have no idea if that has ever been laid on the table by the Rangers.
I would agree that if plated, Stepan SHOULD accept 3.25 per. We don't know WHAT has been offered.
But I have no problems if Stepan tried as hard as he could to get north of 3.5. I'd have no issues with that at all.
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