New York Rangers: What Should Be Done With Marc Staal?

August 23rd, 2010 by nick p Leave a reply »
Heading into the offseason, the Rangers had two important Restricted Free Agents (RFA), Marc Staal and Dan Girardi. At the end of the season, Glen Sather announced his intentions to re-sign both young defensemen, and said that he believed he would do so early into the summer. But half way through the NHL Entry Draft, Glen Sather described negotiations with Marc Staal by saying that they weren’t far apart, but in a “Chasm”. In other words, he wasn’t even close to resigning.

It is now August and Marc Staal is still not signed, still available for an offer sheet from any team needing a defenseman. Teams like the Sharks, Kings, and Bruins, who will eventually take note that the Rangers will not be able to resign Staal until after Training Camp when Glen Sather will be able to open up cap-space and roster room. If a team were to sign Staal to an offer sheet in five seconds, the Rangers would be in a really tough spot trying to match that offer sheet by week’s end.

(When a player is signed to an offer sheet (let’s say Marc Staal) the team that owns the rights to that player (the Rangers) have one week to match that offer sheet.) ...

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