Stepan had 16 goals and 39 assists in 68 games last season. The 25-year-old center now has the third-highest cap hit ($6.5 million) on the team, behind Henrik Lundqvist ($8.5 million) and Rick Nash ($7.8 million).
With Stepan signed long-term, the Rangers have two young centers, Stepan and 27-year-old Derick Brassard, under contract for at least the next four years.
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Manson’s extension doesn’t kick in until 2016-17. He’ll still be on a two-way deal next season.
Manson split last season between the NHL and AHL. He had three assists in 28 games with the Ducks, having made his NHL debut in October.
The 23-year-old son of former NHLer Dave Manson will again have to compete for playing time next season. The Ducks have a deep blue line featuring Cam Fowler, Hampus Lindholm, Sami Vatanen, Simon Despres, Clayton Stoner, Korbinian Holzer, and new addition Kevin Bieksa.
Report: Bartoszek (a.k.a. the Tukwila guy) invited to speak with NHL
That’s according to the Seattle Times, which was told by an NHL source that “the league invited (Ray) Bartoszek to its New York offices for a chat Tuesday.”
The NHL said yesterday in a release that it will “focus exclusively on the two expansion applications” it did receive from Las Vegas and Quebec City.
But if Bartoszek did indeed get invited to New York, that may not be entirely accurate. The NHL has made it no secret that it’s “very intrigued by the Pacific Northwest.”
Many are wondering now if Seattle’s best chance of getting an NHL team is via relocation.
The Times also reported that Bartoszek had been scouring “Seattle and elsewhere in recent months seeking additional investors” for his project. However, “those courted wanted to know how a billion-dollar pledge toward hockey and an arena would prove profitable and they weren’t satisfied with the answers.”
According to King 5, Bartoszek is “still actively engaged in trying to make his arena project a reality.”