New York Rangers Sign Derek Stepan To 6-Year Deal

The New York Rangers and Derek Stepan have avoided arbitration, on the morning of the scheduled hearing. The financial terms of the 6-year contract were not released, although the Daily News reported it at $39 million which would hold an annual average value of $6.5 million.

The 25 year old from Hastings,MN  had 16 goals, 55 points and was a plus-26 in 68 regular season games for the Rangers last season. During the 19 post-season games played he had five goals, 12 points and was a minus-1.

This isn't the first time contract talks between the Rangers and Stepan had been drug out for some period of time. In 2013  Stepan didn't have a contract and missed the first part of training camp. He signed a 2-year $6.15 million dollar contract just one week before the regular season started.

Over the 5 years of his NHL career so far Stepan has amassed 89 goals, 252 points and is a plus-85 during the regular season. During post season-play over the last 5 seasons he has 15 goals, 41 points and a minus-5 over 80 games.

Overall it appears everyone got what they were looking for in this deal. Stepan has the security of a 6-year contract and the money. The Rangers got a 1st line center that will be constantly tested against other teams top offensive and defensive lines.

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