One of the few question marks surrounding the Rangers before training camp opens is the status of restricted free-agent Derek Stepan.
Assistant general manager Jeff Gorton said he expects a deal to get done with the 23-year-old but added the Rangers arenâ€™t willing to break the bank to do it â€” especially with the salary cap being reduced this season.
â€śI think thereâ€™s always a way to make a dealâ€ť Gorton said Thursday.
At a Yankee Stadium press conference for Januaryâ€™s NHL Stadium Series involving the Rangers Islanders and Devils Gorton said coming to an agreement with Stepan is â€śdefinitely difficult for us.â€ť
â€śYou donâ€™t have an unlimited amount of money left so thatâ€™s upon us and the player to work it out.â€ť
Gorton also said that though he â€śdidnâ€™t want to rule anything outâ€ť he believes the Rangers will remain under the $64.3 million cap.
That means they have roughly $3 million to spend depending on other moves they make before the start of the season.
Gorton made it clear Ste