Originally written August 12, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
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 aren’t willing to break the bank to do it — especially with the salary cap being reduced this season. “I think there’s always a way to make a deal” Gorton said Thursday. At a Yankee Stadium press conference for January’s NHL Stadium Series involving the Rangers Islanders and Devils Gorton said coming to an agreement with Stepan is “definitely difficult for us.” “You don’t have an unlimited amount of money left so that’s upon us and the player to work it out.” Gorton also said that though he “didn’t want to rule anything out” 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
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