Rangers

Stepan And Rangers Agree To 2-Year Deal

With Last Season's Points Leader Back, Blueshirts Can Focus On Opener
Derek Stepan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Derek Stepan (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Central
Shop for Rangers Gear
Buy Rangers Tickets

NHL Scoreboard
NHL Standings
Team STATS
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries

NEW YORK SPORTS HEADLINES

Get our weekday morning briefs direct from the WFAN newsroom
Sign Up

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Rangers have locked up a key piece of their present and future.

The Blueshirts announced Thursday they have agreed to a new two-year contract with center Derek Stepan. The deal is worth $6.15 million, with Stepan receiving $2.3 million this season and $3.85 million in 2014-15.

The move has to leave new head coach Alain Vigneault breathing a little easier. Stepan, who is entering his fourth NHL season, is coming off a fantastic lockout-shortened 2012-13 season in which he posted 18 goals and a team-high 44 points in 48 games. His previous career high for points was 51 over 82 games the previous season.

Stepan, 23, scored four goals and added an assist in 12 playoff games for the Rangers last season.

Signing Stepan was a critical move for the Rangers, who are starting the season under Vigneault without captain Ryan Callahan and speedy winger Carl Hagelin — both recovering from shoulder operations.

Stepan also set career highs last season with a plus-25 rating and six game-winning goals. He tied his high with four power-play goals.

Stepan went over the 40-point mark for the third straight season, tying for the NHL lead with four short-handed points. In 212 regular-season NHL games overall, Stepan has 56 goals and 140 points.

Stepan had been working out with the University of Wisconsin’s team and is expected to meet up with the Rangers in New York sometime following Friday night’s preseason game against the Los Angeles Kings in Las Vegas, the NY Post reported.

The Rangers open the regular season on Oct. 3 in Phoenix.

You May Also Be Interested In These Stories

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)