Derek Stepan said on Tuesday, after Game 6, that he was "disappointed, ashamed and flat out embarrassed" with his performance in the playoffs and how he couldn't find his game. (Rosen)
He had two goals and four assists in the playoffs, a minus 3 rating, 33 shots on goal and averaged 20:59.
Stepan said that he struggled to make the "right plays" throughout the playoffs and that while he was very hard on himself he wasn't "as bad" as he said he was. (NY Post, SNY)
He said "the more I pushed, I felt I was in quicksand, the more I struggled and the faster I sank" and that all he can do is try and be a better player next year. (SNY)
Stepan has a no-trade clause that begins on July 1.
Adam Rotter: It was a poor showing for Stepan who was never the best or fastest skater but has always been able to make up for it with his hockey sense and decisions with the puck. It was a weird year for Stepan as he put up his regular number of points but went through some brutal scoreless streaks and then obviously struggled in the playoffs. I like Stepan, think he is a valuable player and a core leader, but there is a case to be made for moving him before his no-trade clause kicks in. Depending on what you can get back for Stepan will determine whether you move him but at some point changes have to be made and because he doesn't have any restrictions in his contact now, he is a possibility.