Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Timing For Staal! Rangers Keep Marc For Six More

The Rangers showed a perfect sense of timing by locking down defenseman Marc Staal for six more years at $5.7 million per year – before the defenseman reached free agent status at the end of the year – and before the negotiation could become a distraction for the whole team (as it unfortunately did with Ryan Callahan last year)

The move cements the Ranger defense in front of Henrik Lundqvist and gives us our third “top-two” caliber blueliner along with McDonagh and Girard.  Marc has to bounce back from his share of injuries – a concussion he should not have played through but did (caused by a dirty hit by his own brother Eric) and an eye injury that was scary but luckily did not end his career.   Marc kept bouncing back and returning to stellar form.

Signing him is another great move on the career upswing of GM Glen Sather – the man who got us McDonagh for Scott Gomez and Kevin Klein for Michael Del Zotto. Way to go Glen!

Tonight the Rangers take on Ottawa – and then the all-star break.  

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