The New York Rangers have agreed to a two-year deal with centre Derek Stepan reportedly worth $6.15 million.
Stepan, 23, told reporters Thursday that the Rangers made the offer Monday and he accepted it two days later after sitting out for the majority of pre-season.
"There's no question in my mind I didn't want (contract negotiations) to go that long," Stepan said. "I don't think either side expected it to go that long. Tough year, cap went down quite a bit, it's unfortunate. At the same time, both sides handled it as best we could."
Stepan, who led the Blueshirts in points last season (44), will practice with the Rangers on Sunday for the first time since new bench boss Alain Vigneault took over for John Tortorella, NHL.com reported.
"I have been trying to get scoops to see where everything is at, where everyone is at, what was going on, just to keep myself in it mentally," Stepan said. "A lot of good things were said (by teammates), so I'm just super excited to get there."
Through three NHL seasons, Stepan’s registered 56 goals and 140 points through 212 regular-season games.