Stepan is riding a three-game goal scoring streak and the Rangers are in the thick of the Eastern Conference playoff race, so they want to see #21 suit up tonight. Martin St. Louis is also a game-time decision with the illness. Stepan has 15 goals and 35 assists (50 points) in 72 games, including 14 in his last 12.
The New York Rangers and center Derek Stepan have reached an agreement on a two-year contract. Terms were not disclosed, but reports indicate it pays Stepan $6.15 million.
Stepan, who was a restricted free agent, had been sitting out training camp as contract negotiations with the Rangers were ongoing. He led the Rangers in scoring last season with 26 assists, 44 points and a plus-25 rating in 48 games. Stepan, 23, has not missed a game in three seasons with the Rangers. He has 140 points on 56 goals and 84 assists in 212 games.
And here are Stepan-Richards-Gaborik on a line together
Stepan gets a crack at the top line after centering the third line over the first two games. With Richards and Gaborik both left handed shooters, adding a right handed forward to the line could lead to better production.
Derek Stepan says he has same attitude as rookie season: Competing for job---either center or left wing.
Stepan could very well earn the first line LW position over Wojtek Wolski, Ruslan Fedotenko or Sean Avery. Just another name to throw in the hat -- one with much more potential than the other three candidates.