The Stepan Situation
They've had all summer to make a deal to create more cap room, but instead of getting proactive, during last night's skate around the Rangers rolled a tape of Glen Sather criticizing Stepan for listening to his agent, and not signing a bridge deal like Sather's other guys have. That was bush league, and an example of Sather blaming the player instead of his mismanagement of the cap for the current situation.
As it is, right now, it looks like their best chance of signing Stepan will come next week, when the Rangers can tweak their cap space by sending down Asham, Pyatt and some others. A trade would have created more relief. And it will take him time for Stepan to get up to speed, and they'll be on that long road trip to start the season, where points will be at a premium. Nice going, genius.