The Rangers dilemma with Marc Staal accelerates

Marc Staal is one year away from unrestricted free agency and the Rangers may have already missed their best opportunity to solve the dilemma. According to Larry Brooks, Staal may be seeking a multi year deal worth $5.5M per, which is entirely too much for the Rangers-bred defenseman. If Staal really is seeking the same six year, $30M contract that the Rangers gave Dan Girardi...
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17 hours ago  |  Discuss

Staal Contract Extension Could Start at Six-Years, $5.5M Per

Another year, another anticipated contract battle as Larry Brooks at the New York Post reports that Marc Staal’s contract extension negotiations with the Rangers could start at six-year, $5.5 million per year as he could easily obtain that number on the open market next summer. In 460 career games, Staal has 27g, 84a. Last season he had 3g, 11a in the regular season and 1g, 4a...
Via NY Rangers Blog
2 days ago  |  Discuss

The Current Rangers Look For Next Season

As we approach mid-July and NHL Free Agency has slowed down, most of the serviceable players have been signed by their new (or current) teams. Therefore, we take a look at what the Rangers could possibly look like heading into next season, assuming they resign Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello,  Chris Kreider, and John Moore with their remaining $14 million in cap space. Here is...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Skjei Headed Back to Minnesota; Duclair Has Groin Injury; Rangers Sign Tarnasky; Kovalev Retires & Giroux “The Assman”

With Marc Staal in the final year of his contract and his future with the Rangers in doubt, Blueshirts management has been hoping that 2012 1st round pick Brady Skjei would leave the University of Minnesota early this summer to begin his pro career in the AHL. Apparently, Skjei had other plans as last night he confirmed that he’ll be going back to school for his junior season ...
Via NY Rangers Blog
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Musings: What’s next? What is the ideal situation to trade Marc Staal?

Happy Almost-Three-Day-Weekend folks. A lot has gone on in Rangerland over the past few days, so let’s get to the musings. The Rangers have $14.6 million in cap space to fill six forward spots and one defense spot. If you allocate about $12 million to Derick Brassard ($4 million), Mats Zuccarello ($4.5 million) , Chris […] The post Musings: What’s next? What is the ideal situation...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

The Brian Campbell trade to the Rangers that probably won’t happen

Brian Campbell is at the very least unhappy in Florida. It’s tough to blame him, he’s 35 years old and the Panthers are a country mile from being a contender. He’s in the twilight of his career and appears to want a shot at a winner. Can’t blame him for that. Where do the Rangers fit in all of this? Well, they probably don’t. But a strong argument can be made that they...
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28 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers now look within

The $6.67 million of cap space the Rangers have gained through the amnesty buyout of Brad Richards will be invested in keeping as much of the Stanley Cup finalists intact as possible — not in acquiring a center-ice bauble ready to hit the open market (Paul Stastny) or one potentially available via trade (Jason Spezza, Joe Thornton or Eric Staal). This is not a matter of philosophy...
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June 22, 2014  |  Discuss

The Rangers players most likely to be traded this summer

Next year’s Rangers team is going to look considerably different than the one that came three wins away from a Stanley Cup this season. Brad Richards will (or has been, since this was written) be bought out, Dominic Moore, Brian Boyle, and Anton Stralman are unrestricted free agents, and I would be expect the Rangers to be active in free agency and in the trade market to improve...
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June 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Staal Hi-sticking Penalty, Alec Martinez Embellishment

,stFirst off, I want to be clear, this is a penalty. New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal hits L.A. Kings defenseman Alec Martinez with a high stick, that we can't denie. However, they teach must teach acting classes at Miami University, because this was a ridiculous head snap by Martinez. I would say that this display is worthy of an Academy Award. Even Ryan Kesler would blush at this one.
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June 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Now it's his brothers who envy Marc Staal

If you're a Staal boy, as Marc noted, it's not easy to get away from hockey. The Rangers defenseman may have wanted to avoid hockey talk the past couple of seasons when the Staal brothers gathered at their parents' home in Thunder Bay, Ontario. There was the concussion he suffered on Feb. 7, 2011 -- on a hit delivered by older brother Eric, no less -- that cost Marc...
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June 01, 2014  |  Discuss

The Comeback Starts Tonight

I’ve had enough talk about fans booing Rick Nash. I’m done with phony Marc Staal head hunting controversies. And I’m definitely finished with trying to figure out what the hell is wrong with the Rangers power play. It’s time to focus on winning. Sure it looks bleak. But it also looked just as daunting for Blackhawk fans down 3-1 against the Red Wings last year. And I’m...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Staal Answers to Phony Head Shot Controversy

On Tuesday, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review wrote a scathing article aimed at Marc Staal for two head shots landed on Sidney Crosby in Game 3. During Mr. Kovacevic’s one-sided argument, he neither points out that Staal had his eyes on the play, not Crosby’s head, during the initial cross check which was thrown a fraction of a second before the super star center...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

(Video) Marc Staal Cross-Checks Sidney Crosby

I was on YouTube looking for something else when I came across this video. Anyone wonder why some of the star players like Sidney Crosby might not be scoring as many goals as they do during the regular season. #becauseitsthecup ... Even thought it's the playoffs, cross-checking your opponent in the head is still a penalty, right? It should be. This should be called, this is a...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Staal Continues To Target Sidney Crosby's Head

A lot was made of Marc Staal going after Sidney Crosby's head and neck in game three on Monday night. Dejan Kovacevic wrote a passionate column about the terrible job of the officials are doing by letting this kind of stuff go, and the complete hypocrisy of the NHL on player safety. A lot of Rangers' fans and bloggers came to the defense of Staal, even saying that what he...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Penguins fans and media slam Marc Staal’s hit on Sidney Crosby

Well, folks, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the primary focus for Penguins fans and media on Tuesday morning and into the afternoon was not of Pittsburgh winning its second consecutive game or Marc-Andre Fleury recording his second consecutive shutout against a lackluster and extremely fatigued New York Rangers squad. No. The focus was […]
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Staal? A Villain?

Just when you thought Pierre McGuire had cornered the market on Sidney Crosby “man love,” here comes Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune Review to take it to a whole other level. Kovacevic took an ordinary goalmouth battle between the Penguins captain and Marc Staal and turned it into an indictment of the NHL’s refusal to cleanup head shots with the Rangers defenseman...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Video- Sidney Crosby The Recepient Of A Few Crosschecks

from Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, There's a raging temptation to push for the NHL to punish Marc Staal with the same ferocity, the same lack of remorse that the New York defenseman displayed in hacking the back of Sidney Crosby's head not once but twice Monday night. Both were committed with the stick, essentially a weapon. Both were aimed...
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May 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Sidney Crosby Got Crosschecked In the Back of The Neck/Head With No Call

During the first period, Marc Staal crosschecked Sidney Crosby in the back of the neck, and then slashed him in the back of the head on the same shift. The refs did not call a damn thing. What's worse is NBC and their "analyst" Pierre McGuire condoned Staal's play calling it "Old time hockey."Meanwhile, the NHL is supposed to be cutting down on hits to...
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May 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Staal starting to look like himself

New York Rangers veteran center Brad Richards recalls a game more than three years ago back when he was playing for the Dallas Stars. It was a 3-2 shootout loss for the Stars at American Airlines Center, and it was a game that Richards remembers well because of the way defenseman Marc Staal performed. He recalled how hard of a time he had playing against Staal, whose long reach...
Via Pro Sports Daily
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Staal Gets Broadway Hat & Post Game 1 Celebration

Because I’m infatuated with these behind the scenes videos, here’s Marc Staal being presented the Broadway Hat last night in all its glory… …i don’t know who yelled out “Classic third child,” but that’s hysterical.
Via NY Rangers Blog
May 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Zone Entries on Jordan Staal’s lines

The other day, I wrote about the struggles of the Hurricanes “second line” and how some of it stemmed from Muller relying on the trio of Jordan Staal, Patrick Dwyer & Nathan Gerbe to play in a top-six role. This was a unit that was reliable and decent when it came to winning the territorial battle at even strength, but they were a glorified checking line and didn’t produce...
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April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Talk Neil Hit

After last night’s game, Marc Staal was so infuriated with Chris Neil’s late hit he refused to speak with the press as he was too livid to talk. Staal, who is fine physically, was assessed a double minor for roughing after he jumped Neil in response to the predatory hit that was somehow unpenalized. The extra minor on Staal destroyed any possibility of the Rangers tying the game...
Via NY Rangers Blog
April 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Carolina’s Financial Future Could Affect Staals

Conventional thinking amongst Rangers fans is that when Marc Staal’s contract ends at the conclusion of next season, he’ll strongly consider bolting Broadway for a family affair in Carolina. But a lot can happen in a year, and according to Larry Brooks at the New York Post, the above situation already seems to be crumbling as Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos Jr., is expected to...
Via NY Rangers Blog
March 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Staal ‘definitely’ wants new Rangers deal sorted this summer

Simply put, Marc Staal doesn't want to go through what now former teammate Ryan Callahan went through, an exaggerated and elongated contract negotiation.By Nyr3188 via Wikimedia Commons"You can say all you want that it's not on your mind and it's not a distraction, but it's something that has to weigh on you," Staal told the New York Post. "For me,...
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March 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Marc Staal Want To Avoid Last Minute Contract Negotiations

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post, The trade deadline-driven contract negotiations with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan were instructive to Marc Staal, who could be in the very same position as an impending free agent next year but sure isn’t savoring the possibility. “I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible...
Via Kukla's Korner
March 10, 2014  |  Discuss
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