EJ Hradek just said on NHL live that Rangers are very close to signing Derek Stepan....
So the guy with one post who reported the rumor of Stepan signing with NYR wasn't much of a 'false' rumor. Say he signs, he can't stay in college, correct? I believe once you sign an NHL contract you lose your college eligibility.
That is correct. Once you have a pro contract, no more college hockey. Well, im glad Stepan will apparently be in Hartford next year if this is true, looks like Hagelin might be our only Hobey Baker candidate.
Correct. It also means the Rangers start covering all his expenses related to playing. For example, Mcdonagh has to pay his own way to come to the Rangers prospect camp in order to maintain his NCAA eligibility.
Getting Stepan and McDonagh into Hartford would be awesome. I think they've pretty much accomplished all that's needed developmental-wise there. Getting Stepan to center Grachev would only be a good thing in my eyes.
Interesting. I would guess he started talking to the Rangers who offered him good money and said "look, if you can show you're ready this fall, you'll make this team".
And it's tough to go from losing the national championship to thinking about turning pro...I imagine both him and McDonagh were thinking "damn, so close, I want another year to try again" right afterwards.
At any rate, I hope he's ready for the jump to pro hockey, be it the AHL or maybe even the NHL.