Rangers sign Fast and Miller, pave the way to re-sign Stepan

Stepan (Getty)

Stepan (Getty)

The New York Rangers have announced the signings of Dylan McIlrath, Jesper Fast and J.T. Miller, one day after signing Emerson Etem and Oscar Lindberg. GM, Jeff Gorton has now locked up his RFA’s except for Derek Stepan and that looks like it’s coming sooner rather than later.

These moves leave the Rangers with approximately 7.5M in cap space to lock up their star center, Derek Stepan for the foreseeable future. Keep in mind the Rangers will need to allot for some breathing room for emergency call ups, so that means the Blueshirts will try and lock Stepan down to a tune of about 6.5M.

Jeff Gorton deserves credit for coming in this summer and taking care of business, including trading away a fan favorite in Carl Hagelin in order to sign Stepan. His moves have been swift and decisive, signaling a clear vision for his version of the Rangers. Gorton recognizes how close this group is to winning and isn’t looking to make any major changes.

Derek Stepan’s arbitration hearing is Monday, July 27th. Don’t expect it to get there.