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New York Rangers re-sign two of their own players which should help clear up the Derek Stepan situation in the long run.

By Steven Cifuentes

The New York Rangers announced today they have come to terms with Emerson Etem and Oscar Lindberg.

Etem was acquired in a draft day trade involving  fan favorite Carl Hagelin. Etem did the Rangers a favor by accepting his qualifying offer, per Pat Leonard of the Daily News1rangers2

Lindberg signed for a reported 2 year deal at $650,000, per Larry Brooks.

This is a nice bargain for the Rangers, especially if Lindberg is able to make the transition to the NHL game and become a third or fourth line center.

With the Rangers now locking up two more potential roster players the muddy water that is Derek Stepan’s arbitration hearing can become a little clearer.

These two deals are perfect for the Rangers cap situation and exactly what needed to happen to make getting Stepan signed a little easier.

Beside Stepan the last remaining unrestricted free agents to sign are J.T. Miller and Jesper Fast.

While it may still be a tight squeeze and the Rangers may still need to shed a contract to get Derek Stepan signed, Jeff Gorton had a good day at the bargaining table.

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