Report: Rangers haven't offered Stepan a long-term deal
The 25-year-old filed for salary arbitration against the team last week and, according to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers have yet to offer Stepan a long-term contract.
Stepan is a restricted free agent coming off a two-year, $3.075-million deal. He's been one of the team's more consistent scoring threats, tallying 16 goals and 55 points in 68 games last season, and is in line for a raise.
It will be tight for the Rangers and general manager Jeff Gorton, but Brooks insists fans need not worry, as there's no evidence the team is willing to deal Stepan.