The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with restricted free agent centre Derek Stepan on a six-year contract worth an annual average value of $6.5 million.
The team confirmed the agreement via Twitter Monday morning.
The 25-year-old American finished third on the Rangers in scoring with 16 goals and 39 assists in 68 games in 2014-15. He missed the first month of the season with a fractured fibula.
Stepan also scored five goals and seven assists in the Rangers’ 19-game run to Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final. It was the final season of a two-year deal worth $6.15 million
The centre, who has played complete 82-game regular seasons three times (2011, 2012, 2014), has spent his entire NHL career with the Rangers since being drafted in the second round (51st overall) in 2008.
The Rangers tweeted out comments from Stepan later Monday morning:
Stepan has also represented the United States three times, winning a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championship in 2010 and appearing for the senior team at the 2011 World Championship and 2014 Olympics.
The Rangers and Stepan were scheduled to have an arbitration hearing on Monday in Toronto.