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New York Rangers Derek Stepan by the Numbers

July 30th, 2015 at 6:38 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

With the New York Rangers signing Derek Stepan to a multi-year contract, they have secured a core and highly talented player.

Stepan is the Rangers’ fourth veteran player behind Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Marc Staal. Stepan was named an alternate captain of the Rangers on October 6, 2014.

The 25-year old is one of the Rangers’ top six forwards at even strength, on the power play and penalty kill. Stepan has never averaged less than 18 minutes of ice time since his rookie season in 2010.

From the moment he recorded a hat trick in his NHL debut on October 9, 2010 in Buffalo, Stepan has been a player to watch out for.

This season alone he recorded 55 points in 68 games during the regular season with a plus-26 rating, and in 19 postseason games he recorded 12 points and a game winning goal.

Throughout his career with the Rangers, Stepan has received numerous honors and awards, including the John Halligan Good Guy Award, this past season, which recognizes a player, selected by the New York chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, for their cooperation with the media. He also received the Lars-Erik Sjoberg Award as the top Rangers rookie in Training Camp in 2010.

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Derek Stepan and the New York Rangers Come to Terms

July 28th, 2015 at 5:02 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Derek Stepan wanted to be with the New York Rangers long-term, so did the Rangers, as they agreed to terms on a six-year $39 million contract to avoid salary arbitration per the Daily News on Monday.

"It's a great feeling," said 25-year old Stepan to NHL.com. "I can't be more excited to be a part of a team that I absolutely love. I love the city of New York, I'm grateful for the fans, grateful for the management there. Me and my wife are extremely happy to be there for the next six years."

Stepan, had 16 goals, 55 points, 22 penalty minutes and a plus-26 rating in 68 regular-season games for the Rangers last season. He had five goals, 12 points, 10 penalty minutes and a minus-1 rating in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games.

This is the Rangers’ first offseason under general manager Jeff Gorton, who replaced Glen Sather on July 1 when Sather stepped down, and Stepan became a free agent (eventually filed for salary arbitration).

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New York Rangers Appear 12 Times on NBC –NBCSN in the Regular Season

July 27th, 2015 at 3:33 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The NBC Sports Group will air 105 regular season NHL games in the 2015-16 season, 12 of which will feature the New York Rangers.

Highlights of the featured games include:

Opening Night doubleheaders on Oct. 7 on NBCSN, beginning with a Wednesday Night Rivalry Original Six matchup between the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers at 8 p.m. ET, as the Blackhawks raise their 2015 Stanley Cup Championship banner to the United Center rafters.

NBCSN will present Rangers-Lightning on Wednesday, Nov. 30 (Thanksgiving Showdown), and will also provide coverage of their matchup in New York on April 5, in what will be Tampa Bay’s first visit to Madison Square Garden since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

All 12 games:

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Martin St. Louis “I Am Proud of How I Played in My Career”

July 25th, 2015 at 4:36 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Martin St. Louis announced his retirement from the National Hockey League after 16 seasons with the Calgary Flames, Tampa Bay Lightning and New York Rangers, calling it the “easiest tough decision” he’s ever had to make, on Monday afternoon at the MSG Training Center .

“It wasn’t one specific event or thing…I just felt like it was time,” said St. Louis to reporters, who is looking forward to spending more time at home with his wife and three sons.

“They’re getting to an age right now where I’ve been missing a lot of their stuff, and that time you can’t get back. That played a huge part in my decision.”

“My whole family has been so supportive of me and it’s been all about me a lot. Now it’s time for it to be about someone other than me. My wife will be happy to have another full-time parent alongside her. The focus is on my kids, and I am excited about that.”

St. Louis was slated to become a free agent on July 1 and understood the Rangers salary cap situation and why they couldn’t sign. He received offers from several other teams but explained that “my heart wasn’t in it” and it was “time to be 100 percent a dad.”

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National Hockey League Expansion Application Update

July 25th, 2015 at 2:21 AM
By Suzanna Bezyan

The NHL Board of Governors approved for the League to begin accepting applications as part of a formal expansion process, Commissioner Gary Bettman said June 24 in Las Vegas.

Commissioner Bettman said the League has received interest from Las Vegas, Seattle and Quebec City at the time.

Earlier this week the NHL announced that they have received two applications.

“As previously announced, NHL expansion applications were made available to all potentially interested applicants on July 6. Since that date, we have received requests from, and responded by sending applications to, 16 separate groups/individuals. The deadline for filing an application and proceeding in the NHL expansion process was last night. We can confirm that we have received two applications: one from Bill Foley for a franchise in Las Vegas, Nevada, and one from Quebecor for a franchise in Quebec City, Quebec.”

Bettman also said in June that the applications will include a look at the viability of the market, the arena situation, and the composition of the ownership group, as well as a presentation of an initial business plan.

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