Rangers Roundup: Stepan’s contract demands, Slats on arbitration, Klein dances??? and more

Stepan (Getty)

Stepan (Getty)

Derek Stepan is nearing his arbitration date of this coming Monday. According to the NY Post, he is seeking a deal in the 7.5M range while the Rangers are thinking closer to 6.5M.

[su_quote cite=”NY POST” url=”http://nypost.com/2015/07/23/rangers-big-question-as-derek-stepan-likely-heads-to-arbitration/”]Talks to this point have focused on a multi-year contract, with the Rangers believed interested in a six-year deal in the range of $6.5-6.75 million per while Stepan is believed seeking at least seven years in the neighborhood of $7.25-7.5 million. If the case does go to a hearing, the award is likely to be between $5.75 million and $6.5 million, given comparables to Stepan, who was third on the club with 55 points (18 goals, 37 assists) in 68 games during the season and also third with 12 points (5 goals, 7 assists) during the playoffs.[/su_quote]

The Rangers have a little over 7M in space to sign Stepan and it is very likely this gets done before Monday. All actions prior to this point indicate as much. Moving Carl Hagelin was the biggest red flag that this was the priority for the Blueshirts. I expect this deal to be done this weekend.

Sather Talks Arbitration In A New Book

Behind The Moves is a new book that goes behind the scenes with NHL GM’s. SNYRangers blog pulled several excerpts on Glen Sather’s feelings on the arbitration process. We thought it made sense to share in light of the current Stepan situation.

[su_quote cite=”SNYRANGERS” url=”http://snyrangersblog.com/coachesgm/glen-sather/glen-sather-on-the-arbitration-process/#more-150670″]”What started in the middle 1980s was that managers started to get bamboozled by agents, and arbitrators got involved in this thing and decided that you can be on the worst team in the league and make the same money as the guy who is on the best team because your stats are basically the same…You can be a first line player on the last place team and get 25 minutes a game, or you can be the first line player on the best team and you may not get 25 minutes – you may only get 15 because they have four other centers who are as good as you are. It is a strange way of doing contracts. the arbitrators looks purely at statistics. They don’t care what a guy does off the ice or whether he is a leader in the dressing room or an asshole.”[/su_quote]

Hagelin Trade Was A Sad Day

Carl Hagelin did an interview with Swedish paper Hockey Sverige and said he was shocked that he was moved.

[su_quote cite=”Hagelin via Hockey Sverige” url=”https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hockeysverige.se%2F2015%2F07%2F20%2Fhagelins-ovantade-trejdbesked-det-blev-lite-som-en-chock%2F”]My thoughts exactly when this happened was little it became a bit as a shock, for sure. I would be traded was nothing I sat and thought about during draft day. At the same time we know that hockey players that they probably do not play the same organization throughout his career. That is, unless you’re a superstar, then there is a chance.[/su_quote]

Hagelin was happy to be traded to Anaheim and feels his speed will benefit him out west. He also relayed this tidbit from Glen Sather.

[su_quote cite=”Hagelin via Hockey Sverige” url=”https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hockeysverige.se%2F2015%2F07%2F20%2Fhagelins-ovantade-trejdbesked-det-blev-lite-som-en-chock%2F”]Glen Sather called and said it was a sad day for the Rangers. He felt he had to trade me because they would not be able to afford me. He said that was what the trade was about and he (Sather) is an honest person…[/su_quote]

SMASHFEST IV a SMASHING SUCCESS…AGAIN

Dominic Moore’s charity ping pong tournament was a success again with Patrick Eaves taking home the championship.

 

While Eaves won the tournament, Kevin Klein may have the highlight of the event under his belt.

See and learn more about this great charity at their website smashfest.ca