Greenburgh, NY, United States (4E Sports) – New York Rangers center and unsigned restricted free agent Derek Stepan has thus far missed training camp and the situation could drag on as the two sides are far apart on a new contract.
Rangers general manager Glen Sather said he has been in constant communication with Stepan’s camp but that there is nothing to report.
According to Sather, Stepan has to understand the parameters and limitations that come with the salary cap in the new collective bargaining agreement.
He said Stepan seems open to the team’s standard two-year “bridge deal” but that the sides remain “too far apart” on value to make a deal.
“He’s a good player, but you’ve got to be careful. You don’t want to miss too much time here,” said Sather, hoping that the situation be resolved quickly.
New coach Alain Vigneault had his first glimpse of the team during Thursday’s on-ice sessions for the Rangers in training camp.
“I work with the guys that are here. He’s not here. That’s it,” Vigneault said when asked about the impact of Stepan missing ice time on the Rangers’ preparations.
The Rangers’ first preseason game is Monday against the New Jersey Devils.