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09-23-2013, 11:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Drewbackatu View Post
You can interpret it any which way you want but some people on these boards(like me) see Stepan for what he truly is "a really nice homegrown player who just happens to be the #1 center on a team with very mediocre centers."

He isn't anywhere near the Giroux's, Duchenes, Coutures, and about another 20+ centers in the league and he wouldn't be any better than a 2nd line center on most teams and a 3rd line center on some other teams.

In my mind, 6 mil for 2 years is more than a fair contract offer for Stepan.
You underestimate Derek's defensive play and leadership. He's not as skilled as the players you list but he's a winner who is growing into a man's body. If he gets stronger that will fix alot of his weaknesses on the ice and he will be in that upper echelon of centers. Sign him and let him continue developing. He must be a Ranger for a long time.

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