Stepan finished his seven-day quarantine and practiced with the Senators on Sunday.
After being traded from Arizona on Dec. 26 and having the birth of his child just a few days later, Stepan has finally joined the Senators at training camp. The 30-year-old center is slated for a top-six role along with power-play time. Over 70 games with the Coyotes last season, Stepan posted 28 points -- seven with the man advantage -- and 158 shots on net.
Stepan landed in Ottawa on Sunday and will begin his seven-day quarantine, Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen reports.
Stepan -- who was traded from Arizona on Dec. 26 -- missed the first part of training camp due to the birth of his child. The 30-year-old center will now quarantine for a week, so he'll likely join the team for practice next Sunday. That leaves about five days of practice before the season opener against Toronto on Jan. 15. Stepan is slated for a middle-six role with the rebuilding team.
Stepan won't report to Ottawa until after the birth of his child, Brent Wallace of TSN.ca reports, which will likely see him miss the opening days of training camp.
Depending on when Baby Stepan is born, a 14-day quarantine could possibly carry over into the start of the NHL season with the Senators set to kick off Jan. 15 versus Toronto. Regardless of when the veteran center links up with his new club, he should immediately slot into a top-six role and could even push for the first line alongside Evgenii Dadonov and Brady Tkachuk.
Stepan was acquired by the Senators from the Coyotes on Saturday in exchange for a 2021 second-round pick.
The 30-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and will make his way to Ottawa for the 2020-21 campaign. Stepan appeared in 70 games for Arizona last season and totaled a career-low 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists).
Stepan had an assist in Wednesday's 7-1 loss to the Avalanche in Game 5.
Stepan was productive in the postseason, with a goal and four helpers in nine games. It's a positive sign after two disappointing regular seasons in a row -- Stepan had 35 points in 72 games in 2018-19, followed by a career-low 28 points in 70 outings this year. If he can maintain his playoff form in 2020-21, the 30-year-old could be in line for a bounce-back campaign.
Stepan recorded an assist, three shots on goal, two blocked shots and a plus-2 rating in Wednesday's 4-2 win over the Canucks.
Stepan had the secondary helper on Oliver Ekman-Larsson empty-net tally in the final minute of regulation. Offense remains sparse for Stepan, who has just four points in his last eight games. His season scoring rate is worse with 28 points in 68 outings. The 29-year-old center is shooting a career-low 6.5 percent this year -- he will almost certainly finish below 50 points for the second straight campaign.
Stepan recorded an assist and fired a team-high six shots on goal in Saturday's 3-1 win over the Capitals.
Stepan wasn't able to cash in on his half-dozen chances, but he set up Lawson Crouse for an empty-net tally. The 29-year-old center reached 25 points with his assist, and he's added 137 shots and a minus-5 rating through 61 games this season. It's looking likely that Stepan will have a career-worst year on offense for the second year in a row.
Stepan had a goal and a power-play assist in Monday's 3-2 win in Montreal.
Stepan came up big considering he'd only managed an assist in his eight previous contests. With only nine goals and 24 points in 58 games, the 29-year-old isn't likely to crack 50 points at this stage of his career, but Stepan could easily post 35-45 points when all is said and done.
Stepan registered an assist and three shots in Thursday's 5-3 loss to the Hurricanes.
Stepan snapped a six-game point drought with the assist. The veteran center is up to 22 points, 123 shots on goal and a minus-5 rating through 56 contests. The Minnesota native skated only 12:59 on Thursday and could continue to see his role decrease if he doesn't pick up the pace on offense.
Stepan posted three assists, three blocked shots and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 6-3 win over the Sharks.
Stepan assisted Phil Kessel in the first period and added helpers on goals by Lawson Crouse and Taylor Hall in the third. It's the first three-point game of the season for the center, who is up to 21 points, 107 shots and a minus-2 rating in 49 games. He's found the scoresheet in six of his last eight outings, which suggests Stepan's year-plus-long drop in productivity may be near its end.
Stepan had a goal and four shots in Sunday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Penguins. He also went 12 for 20 (60 percent) in the faceoff circle.
Stepan gave the Coyotes a 3-2 lead midway through the third period, potting his eighth of the year. The veteran center is in the midst of his most productive stretch of the season, having collected two goals and four assists in seven games since New Year's Eve. Still, he only has 18 points in 48 games on the year and is no longer the reliable 50-point man he was during the bulk of his time with the Rangers.
Stepan (hand) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Panthers.
Stepan was considered a game-time decision after injuring his hand during Monday's practice, but it's not serious enough to keep him out of the cross-conference clash. The 29-year-old will center the third line and work on the second power-play unit, and he'll look to extend his current three-game point streak.
Stepan (hand) will be a game-time decision for Tuesday's matchup with Florida, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports.
If Stepan's unable to go, Michael Grabner will likely draw into the lineup against the Panthers. Confirmation on the 29-year-old pivot's status should surface once the Coyotes take the ice for pregame warmups.
Stepan exited Monday's practice early after sustaining a hand injury, Craig Morgan of The Athletic reports. Head coach Rick Tocchet called it a "freak accident."
At this time, Stepan's status for Tuesday's game versus the Panthers can be considered questionable, and hopefully, there will be another update following Tuesday's morning skate. Stepan has worked on the third line lately but was starting to heat up with four points over the last three games. If he's unable to go, Michael Grabner will likely enter the lineup if Barrett Hayton isn't back from World Juniors yet.
Stepan scored an empty-net goal and added an assist in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Flyers.
Stepan's tally came while the Coyotes were shorthanded, good for his first point in that situation this season. The center is up to 16 points (seven scores, nine helpers) in 44 appearances. He's picked up a goal and three assists during a three-game point streak -- perhaps the 29-year-old is setting himself up for a big second half.
Stepan picked up an assist, two shots on goal and two blocked shots in Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Blues.
Stepan earned the secondary assist on Nick Schmaltz's empty-net goal. The helper snapped a five-game point drought for the center, who has just 13 points in 42 games this year. He's added 89 shots on goal and a minus-6 rating.
Stepan netted a goal on three shots and blocked two shots in Tuesday's 3-2 win over the Sharks.
Stepan's goal came in the second period, putting the Coyotes ahead 2-1 at the time. Offense has been hard to come by for the 29-year-old this season -- he's at six tallies and 12 points in 36 games. Stepan has 76 shots on goal, so it's not for a lack of trying, but he's on pace for the worst campaign of his career.
Stepan collected a power-play assist, five shots on goal and two PIM in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Flames.
Stepan got the puck to Phil Kessel, who jammed in a late goal to produce the final score. Stepan has continued to be streaky this season, as his assist Tuesday snapped a four-game dry spell. He's at 11 points and 70 shots in 33 games -- he would fail to crack 30 points for the first time in his career if that pace holds all year.
Stepan scored a goal on three shots in a 4-2 loss to San Jose on Saturday.
Stepan, who had gone his previous five games without a goal, staked the Coyotes to a 2-0 lead two minutes into the first period with his fifth of the year. He now has 10 points in 28 games this season. A perennial 50-point man over his first eight NHL seasons, Stepan has just 45 points in 100 games since the start of the 2018-19 season.
Stepan scored a power-play goal on four shots in Monday's 3-0 win over the Kings.
Stepan's tally came in the first period, stretching the Coyotes' lead to 2-0 at the time. The center has eight points (three on the power play) and 47 shots. He had a career-low 35 points last season, and currently isn't on pace to meet that mark in 2019-20.
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