Thursday, July 30, 2015
Stepan Re-Signs with Rangers for Six Years
The New York Rangers re-signed unrestricted free agent forward Derek Stepan (Wisconsin) to a multi-year contract on Monday. The Daily News reported the deal to be worth $39 million, or an average annual value of $6.5 million for its six-year length, according to NHL.com.
A native of Hastings, Minn., Stepan tallied 16 goals and 39 assists for 55 points in 68 regular-season NHL games last year, according to hockeydb.com. He then added 5-7—12 points in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff contests as the Rangers came up one victory short of a second consecutive Eastern Conference title. In 362 NHL regular-season outings, he has collected 89-163—252 points to go with 15-26—41 totals in 80 Stanley Cup playoff appearances, all with New York.
Stepan, 25, prepped two seasons with Shattuck St. Mary’s before college, and tallied 181 points in 123 games. He then skated two NCAA campaigns with Wisconsin prior to turning pro in 2010. He posted 21-66—87 points in 81 outings and also helped the Badgers to the 2010 NCAA Championship Game in Detroit, where they fell to Boston College and Stepan’s current Rangers teammate, Chris Kreider.
In other news concerning Wisconsin, rising freshman defenseman Jack Dougherty is one-and-done in the college ranks after he inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Nashville Predators late last week, according to USCHO.com. Dougherty, from Cottage Grove, Minn. put up 2-7—9 points and 31 penalty minutes in 33 appearances with the Badgers last winter.