Derek Stepan of the Rangers looks on during the game...

Derek Stepan of the Rangers looks on during the game against the Montreal Canadiens during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Final in the 2014 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Bell Centre on May 27, 2014 in Montreal. Credit: Getty Images / Francois Laplante

Rangers' No. 1 center Derek Stepan limped off the ice after being struck in the left foot and ankle with a hard shot during a scrimmage in his second informal skate with teammates Tuesday at the MSG Training Center.

Play stopped as Stepan stayed down on his knees for a minute or two, then skated off without putting weight on the foot and limped into the locker room. He did not return, but the sense is, a team spokesman said, that he is fine. It is unclear if he'll skate Wednesday.

Stepan had been training in Minnesota, so he could decide to take a break to be sure he is ready for camp, which begins Sept. 18.

Traverse tournament

The 23 prospects who will travel to the annual Traverse City round-robin tournament in Michigan will practice at the training center Thursday at 11 a.m. Their first game is Friday against Dallas at 7 p.m. They face the Sabres on Saturday at 7 p.m. and the Hurricanes on Sunday at 6:30. A placement game is scheduled for Monday at a time to be determined. Live game updates will be provided on @NYRangers and will post highlights and interviews.

Shaping the salary cap

If Ryan Malone and John Moore sign contracts before camp opens next week, here's how one possible roster (with options) could shake out with the $69-million salary cap:


Henrik Lundqvist: $8,500,000

Cam Talbot: $562,000

Total: $9,062,000


Dan Girardi: $5,500,000

Ryan McDonagh: $4,700,000

Dan Boyle: $4,500,000

Marc Staal: $3,975,000

Kevin Klein: $2,900,000

John Moore $900,000 (estimated)

Michael Kostka $650,000

Moore, a restricted free agent, was given a qualifying offer of $850,000. Seventh defensemen possibilities Kostka is a righty, and Matt Hunwick, a lefty, is due $600,000. Kostka, 28, played for Tampa last season and has 63 games of NHL experience. Hunwick, 29, has far more NHL experience, though, with 292 games for the Bruins and Avalanche.

Total: $23,125,000 (with Kostka over Hunwick)


Rick Nash: $7,800,000

Martin St. Louis: $5,625,000

Derick Brassard: $5,000,000

Derek Stepan: $3,075,000

Mats Zuccarello: $3,500,000

Chris Kreider: $2,475,00

Carl Hagelin: $2,250,000

Dominic Moore: $1,500,000

Lee Stempniak: $900,000

J.T. Miller: $894,167

Tanner Glass: $1,450,000

Ryan Malone $700,000* (estimated)

Total: $35,169,167

Add a 13th forward -- either Matthew Lombardi ($800,000) or Jesper Fast ($805,000) -- and the Rangers would be about $850,000 under the cap. If it's Kevin Hayes, ($900,000), it would be $700,000 under the cap. If Oscar Lindberg ($675,000) makes the club as a center, that's a plus.

Note: If defenseman John Moore or Malone get larger deals, add another $100,000. And $50,000 could be saved with Hunwick instead of Kostka. So no matter how you shape it, it's a very tight squeeze, but doable.

Blue notes

In a translation of a Swedish interview with, free agent Anton Stralman seemed quite unhappy with the outcome of his talks with the Rangers. He signed a five-year, $22.5-million deal with Tampa. "I wanted to be there and it seemed that the Rangers wanted to keep me," Stralman said. "I was fully set . . . and the dream was also to be allowed to stay there. We, both me and the family, had moved around enough. We lived in New York and we wanted to stay there. New York came up with an offer and we came up with a counteroffer and after that, we were prepared to negotiate, but there was nothing. They do not even come back to me. I'm extremely disappointed with what happened. The Rangers [signed] Dan Boyle, and then I understood what they were doing. Of course, you then get very frustrated and angry. I think you could have the respect to tell me earlier that you wanted to go a different route. It had made the decision a little easier for us, to know where we would go . . . We've been down here for a month now. We just bought a house and got the key to it, so it feels good." . . . Nash and Glass made their first appearances in the informal skates . . . As of 2 p.m. Tuesday, had the over-under on Rangers points this season at 95 1/2.

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