Stepan: "It's Good to Be Back"

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While it may have taken a little longer than both sides would have liked, Derek Stepan appeared in his first game as a Ranger Thursday night against the Phoenix Coyotes after contract negotiations held him out of action for the preseason.

Prior to the drop of the puck on the 2013-14 campaign, Stepan spoke with MSG Network's John Giannone about his return, going through the process of working on a new contract, his impressions of Alain Vigneault's style, working with the coaching staff, his future plans, his ability to think the game and more.

How happy are you to have Stepan back with the team? Let us know in the comments below.