The New York Rangers have been silent on the Marc Staal front for weeks, and
those optimistic he was coming back soon probably wish it had remained quiet
this morning. According to Larry Brooks
of the New
York Post, the Rangers are going to place Staal on Long-Term Injury Reserve. Staal is already eligible for the move because he has missed 10 games and 24 days of the season with his injury. The status of his comeback from the concussions is still unchanged, which at this point means his return is only getting further and further away. The move today is purely about the salary cap.
The move allows New York to exceed the salary
cap by the pro-rated amount of Staal’s $3.975 million based on the number of
days he was out. If he missed the whole season,
then they would be able to go over by that amount, but there is still hope that
won’t happen. The move is necessary for the Rangers to open up the cap space to sign Anton
Stralman, have Sean Avery on the active roster and potentially recall Mats
Zuccarello now that Wojtek Wolski is out once again with a groin injury.