• Scores game-winner against Chicago

    News: Derek Stepan scored a goal on three shots in Wednesday's season-opening 3-2 win over the Blackhawks.
    Analysis: The goal came on a tip-in late in the first period and subsequently turned out to be the winner. Considering the veteran center has eclipsed the 20-goal plateau just once in his last five seasons, you should probably expect these nights to be few and far between, but with second-line center duties, the 25-year-old should dish out enough assists to end up with at least 55 points this season.
  • Rangers And Stepan Agree To Six-Year Extension

    News: Derek Stepan agreed to a six-year extension with the Rangers on Monday that will net him $6.5 million annually, Katie Strang of ESPN reports.
    Analysis: Derek Stepan has avoided arbitration with the deal, and will now remain in a Rangers uniform for a long time to come. The 25-year-old center posted 55 points (16 goals, 39 assists) in 2014-15, and will look to build off the effort once again in 2015 as he'll likely center the Rangers' top line once again.
  • Rangers, Stepan Far Apart Heading To Arbitration

    News: Ahead of an arbitration hearing that's scheduled for Monday, Derek Stepan has requested a $7.25 million contract while the Rangers are countering at $5.2 million, according to Elliotte Freedman of CBC.
    Analysis: The two sides have been talking about a long-term deal and the team is believed to be willing to ante up on a six-year deal worth somewhere between $6.5 and $6.75 million. But Derek Stepan wants another year and up to $7.5 million per. The annual hit is important to the team as they only have somewhere between $6.9 and $7.5 million cap space (depending on which source you use). There's still time for them to come to a deal, but don't be surprised to see them get to the arbitration hearing. Stepan had 16 goals and 55 points in 68 games in 2014-15.
  • Rangers' Stepan Adds Two Helpers In Loss

    News: Derek Stepan collected two assists in Wednesday's 6-5 OT loss to the Lightning.
    Analysis: The center has been red hot lately, racking up eight points in his last six games. He now has five goals and seven assists through 15 playoff games, but will face a stiff test in Game 4 with his team down 2-1 in the series.
  • Rangers' Stepan: Four-Game, Five-Point Streak

    News: Derek Stepan broke a scoreless tie with just 12.7 seconds left in the second period of Saturday's Eastern Conference opener. He picked up a rebound and ripped it past the Lightning's Ben Bishop.
    Analysis: Bishop has just lost his stick in a melee at the net when a Rangers shot went off Bolts' defender Andrej Sustr. The puck went right to Derek Stepan, who got rid of it quickly. It was his fourth goal of the postseason and extended his current point streak to four games and five points, including two goals.
  • Rangers' Stepan Scores OT Winner

    News: Derek Stepan buried the overtime game winner in Wednesday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
    Analysis: The center pounced on a rebound 11:24 into the overtime period, and wristed it past a sprawling Braden Holtby to send the Caps home for the summer. Derek Stepan now has three goals and eight points through 12 playoff games this year, but none bigger than Wednesday's series clincher.
  • Rangers' Stepan Records Two Assists In Game 5 Win

    News: Derek Stepan dished out a pair of helpers in Friday's Game 5 overtime win over the Capitals.
    Analysis: While Derek Stepan has yet to score in the second round, the 24-year-old has collected three assists and fired 13 shots on goal. He's recorded six points in these playoffs, which isn't awful, but it's also not mind-blowing. With 35 points (12 goals) in 71 career playoff games, Stepan has never been a big postseason performer, but his clutch assist in overtime Friday could be a sign of things to come.
  • Rangers' Stepan Scores PP Goal In Game 5 Win

    News: Derek Stepan opened the scoring with a power-play marker in Friday's series-clinching Game 5 win over the Penguins.
    Analysis: It was the second goal of the playoffs for Derek Stepan, who finishes the first round with three points in five games. The second-line center has looked dangerous this postseason, firing 24 shots on goal and helping the Rangers eliminate the Penguins in five games. New York will be awaiting the winner of the Capitals and Islanders series, so look for the 24-year-old to carry his strong play from the opening round into the second round.
  • Rangers' Stepan Delivers Two Points In Game 2 Loss

    News: Derek Stepan scored his first goal of the playoffs and had an assist in Saturday's Game 2 loss to Pittsburgh.
    Analysis: A good night for Derek Stepan, who was held pointless in Thursday's playoff opener. While the series is now tied 1-1, Stepan has looked dangerous in both contests, firing nine shots on goal. The second-line center is a big piece of the puzzle in New York and will need to continue to deliver if the Rangers hope to make a deep postseason run.
  • Rangers' Stepan White Hot

    News: Derek Stepan netted a pair of goals and an assist in Monday's come-from-behind win over Columbus.
    Analysis: Separated by approximately five minutes total game time, the team's best producing center tied the game and scored the game winner with less than a minute remaining in overtime. Derek Stepan also enjoyed a 70-percent win percentages on face-offs while taking six shots on goal in just over 18 minutes of ice time. The Minnesota native, who needs just two points to tie a career high (57 in 2013-14) with three games remaining, has five points in his last two contests.