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Sather 'hopes Stepan gets wiser' ends Rangers holdout

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Restricted free agent Derek Stepan continues to hold out, but New York Rangers general manager Glen Sather said it's time for the 23-year-old to wise up.

"He is going to get paid, but it isn't today," Sather said Monday during an MSG Network broadcast. "I hope he gets wiser because every day he misses is a big deal. We have offered him a very good deal. When he turned down our qualifying offer, we have stuck with that. He has to start smelling the roses and figure out what is going on. I hope he does."

Stepan had a team-leading 44 points in 2012 with 18 goals and 26 assists in 48 games.

The New York Post reported he wants a two-year, $7 million deal and that the two sides are about $1 million apart on the value of the deal. Stepan has a 212 consecutive games-played streak.

"I don't think he is a big enough fool to think that he will sit out the year and it will do any good. He is in a gap contract and every one of our players has signed a gap contract," said Sather.

"You look at the football players who are making minimum wage, they get paid after they go through that time. I find it frustrating that some teams are in a hurry to sign these guys to big contracts. I think it's because the owners or managers panic and it's unfortunate that he has listened to his agent and decided (to do) that."
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