NYR Update as Training Camp Begins
Added by Ryan Heine on September 11, 2013.
Derek Stepan remains unsigned as training camp begins today (Wednesday). (Photo Credit: Newsday)
The New York Rangers finished the Traverse City Tournament with a 1-3 record after beating the Minnesota Wild (0-4) by a score of 5-2 on Monday. The team’s weak record fails to capture the promise that three of their main prospects in Oscar Lindberg, Danny Kristo and Jesper Fast exhibited throughout the tournament.
Lindberg had two assists in Monday’s game and finished with five goals and two assists for the tournament.
Kristo had a goal and an assist in Monday’s game and finished the tournament with two goals and five assists.
Fast picked up two goals in Monday’s win, his only two of the tournament. All three players were key contributors and provided sparks of NHL-ready skill.
The Rangers have to be pleased that three of their top prospects performed quite well at the tournament. You can expect all three of these guys to make a push at training camp for a spot on the roster, especially with Callahan and Hagelin out.
In other news, Derek Stepan remains unsigned as training camp begins today (Wednesday). Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Stepan is looking for five or six years at around $5 million per, while the Rangers are offering a 2-year deal worth about $3 million per. Obviously, this is pretty concerning, as the two sides do not appear close. I have a feeling we will see Stepan sign a deal for much less than he is currently asking for (and probably deserves), just so he can stay with the Blueshirts. The longer the negotiations take, the more Stepan will be behind in learning Vigneault’s new scheme. The negotiations could go into October, which would be a lose-lose for both sides.
Henrik Lundqvist’s agent continues to meet with the Rangers to discuss an extension. I am sure Lundqvist would like to get a deal done more than anyone so he can focus solely on hockey. The Rangers are in a bit of a pickle here, as arguably their two best players from last year are in rigid negotiations. Of course Lundqvist is signed through this year, but his looming 2014 free agency is nothing but a distraction.
Training camp begins TODAY!!!