Larry Brooks at the New York Post says that after witnessing the Staal Family Reunion in Carolina on Thursday, the Rangers should be worried — very worried — about losing Marc Staal to the Hurricanes when the defenseman become a free agent in two years.
Staal's cap hit is $3.975 million per.
...to be honest, the last thing I'm worried about right now is whether Staal stays with the Rangers in two years. I'm way more interested in his health and if he'll be a part of this year's playoff run.
...the Rangers have been able to get by without Staal so far, but I think they're really going to miss his ability to battle against Ovechkin in their first round match-up.
cuz somehow carolina has the bankroll to afford all of the staal brothers? lol stupid article and waste of time
I heard through the grapevine that Marc Staal still hasn't forgiven Eric for inflicting a career threatening concussion two seasons ago. In fact I think it likely that he would rather seek revenge than play alongside what could be considered his greatest nemesis
I'm 100% on your side of this. Two years is a very long time, and honestly, we don't even know if Staal is ever going to be able to play again, much less play long enough to worry about getting signed someplace else. Yes, I absolutely hope he's okay, and I want him available against Ovi and the Caps, but I'm not gonna hold my breath for maybes. Not with this team.
The only thing the Rangers should be worried about is Staal's lack of vision in one eye. Who even said Staal will ever be able to play again?? The guy has blurred vision, glare issues and no depth perception he won't be playing for any team if that continues to be the case. I pray to God that he gets his sight back 100%, but his career could be over... I feel for him, he's had a rough couple seasons.
I don't think he will leave. I am the oldest of 5 brothers, I know what it's like. We are all really really close, but we all lead different lives and are spread over 2 continents. It might happen, but just because the other 3 are there doesn't mean he wants to go too. It doesn't work that way. Also, the Rangers organization has been referred to as "first class" over and over again. The fans love Staal, and I think he likes it here. I'm assuming I know, but I don't think he will leave just because his brothers are there.
I think Marc likes playing in NY, likes his teammates, and likes his fans in NY. Maybe I'm in the minority in thinking this, but if the Rangers are willing to offer him what he believes he's worth, I like his chances of staying. With that being said, I'm also more concerned with the here and now than I am concerned about what will happen in two years. A LOT can happen in two years.
The Rangers have been able to get by against non playoff teams while still losing twice to the worst team in hockey. The sad thing is that Staal is untradable since every team knows he's Carolina bound and the Canes won't trade since they know he's coming for free. Only hope is that Staal loves it in NY...a slim hope..
I'm actually quite worried that he'll leave when his contract is up. Of course I'm more worried about what is happening now, but...
@Rex_Havok Eric still feels really bad about that though. If I remember correctly, when Marc took the puck to the face this season Eric was the first person on the phone with the Rangers trainers to see if he was OK.
@Iron Mike I completely agree. People who are eager for Staal to come back are glossing over the severity of this injury. Even if he does make a full recovery at some point, for him to come back in the playoffs with compromised vision, rust and a lack of game-conditioning would be a mistake, imo. I love the guy, but in that condition, I'd rather go with the guys who are healthy.
And one more thing - why the hell are guys like Girardi and Boyle etc. STILL playing without a visor after watching what happened to their teammate? How stupid are they going to feel if they get hit in the eye with a puck or a stick? C'mon guys - it's not that big of a deal and your livelihood is at stake. Put away the Machismo and put on a visor
@shishya100 This. We have to hope his NYR family is as close as his real family. Probably not. I just hope hope hope he tells Slats the plan and let's us trade him and get something back.
@rangersfan @Iron Mike i want to agree with you, but I can't help but see what happened to Crosby's jaw and wonder if the same argument couldn't be applied to full cages