The New York Rangers and restricted free agent center Derek Stepan have agreed to a six-year, $39 million contract on Monday.

The final piece of the 2015-16 puzzle for the New York Rangers has just been answered.

Derek Stepan and company have agreed to a deal that’ll keep him in New York City for a while.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post had it first. Stepan and the Rangers have agreed to a six-year, $39 million deal that’ll wipe away his “restricted” status forever.

It’s no secret the Rangers are in salary cap hell at the moment. Heading into the offseason they had to deal with several critical restricted players. Jesper Fast, J.T. Miller, Carl Hagelin and Stepan were the headliners.

It turned out the only casualty came in the form of Hagelin who was shipped to Anaheim on draft day.

Stepan will continue to play with a strong center group in New York (Derick Brassard, Kevin Hayes, Dominic Moore).

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