May 21, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Boston Bruins center Chris Kelly (23) charges New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) during the second period in game three of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Two for Roughing: NHL News and Notes [August 25, 2013]

Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

And with another weekend in the books as we come closer to the start of training camp, the news around the NHL and most importantly in Ranger land is quite as we still await the news of the signing of Derek Stepan. Stepan is likely to get a quick two year deal, as Sather stated in an interview that he gives many of his young guys, but that a discussion would start after the first year of his deal ended to get him extended for longer. Sather knows the importance of a player like Stepan and is doing everything he can to get him signed.

Canada started their camp today where Marc Staal and Rick Nash fight for spots on the roster. While there are many talks of Nash not being a lock, the fact that he has international competition under his belt to me, makes him a lock. Staal depending on how healthy he really is, is another lock. Not worried about that at all, and looking forward to seeing which Rangers actually make the team for all countries represented in the Olympics.

We have a lot ahead for you at Blueline Station, and we want to thank you guys for sticking around during a very slow summer. Once the season starts, everything will be ramped up to high gear.

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  • Centerman

    I know this part of the summer is slow. Hard to keep up the good work as you guys have. Not much doing now.
    I think Stepan has earned a deal similar to the second contract Giroix signed. The one he’s currently playing under. 3 years at about 11 mil. That has a Cap charge of 3.725 to it. Stepan could be in the 9-10 mil range but that’s not too crazy. Kyle Turris gets the same money and his avg season is about 40 points. Sather could even go and make it 2 years at 3-3.5 mil if he’s adamant about the Bridge deal. He needs to get this done. It won’t be good for this team to start the season without Stepan. He’s an integral part of this team and they’ll need a big year from Stepan.