Stepan (jaw) needs to be cleared by Rangers' medical staff to play in game five.
All signs pointed towards Stepan returning to the Rangers' lineup tonight, but head coach Alain Vigneault made it clear that it is not up to Stepan whether he plays tonight. Stepan will be monitored and evaluated by the medical staff this afternoon, before a decision is made on his status for game five. Consider him a game-time decision.
Stepan (jaw) is on the ice for the Rangers' morning skate.
Stepan is on the ice with a full facial shield ahead of game 5. Stepan missed game 4 after having jaw surgery following a game 3 broken jaw. There is a chance Stepan could be in the lineup tonight, but it won't be announced until after the gameday skate.
Stepan is out indefinitely after undergoing surgery to repair a broken jaw on Friday.
Stepan's jaw was broken on a hit by Habs' forward Brandon Prust in game 3 on Thursday. Prust has a hearing for a possible suspension as a result of the hit. Head coach Alain Vigneault would not commit to a timetable on Stepan's return, but more details are expected to be released following surgery.
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.