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 arenât willing to break the bank to do it â especially with the salary cap being reduced this season.
âI think thereâs always a way to make a dealâ Gorton said Thursday.
At a Yankee Stadium press conference for Januaryâs NHL Stadium Series involving the Rangers Islanders and Devils Gorton said coming to an agreement with Stepan is âdefinitely difficult for us.â
âYou donât have an unlimited amount of money left so thatâs upon us and the player to work it out.â
Gorton also said that though he âdidnât want to rule anything outâ 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