1/17 Update: Marc Staal has signed on the dotted line for 6 years, $34.2 million which will make the cap hit $5.7 million a year. As stated, it will include a first-3 year no movement clause and a final-3 year partial no-movement clause. When interviewed in Columbus after the win Friday, Staal said, “This is where I want to be. It’s been the goal the whole time. It was handled professionally on both sides. I wanted to get it done early, but with the cap it’s not easy to make decisions about salaries and what to do moving forward.”
It will now be seen how the Rangers handle a number of other free agents, both restricted and unrestricted, coming up. The cap numbers are projected but not official and the team hopes to have the room to get everyone under contract.
1/16: Larry Brooks first reported this morning that the Rangers and Marc Staal were closing in on a 6-year contract extension agreement. Throughout the morning, more and more reports have come out and it seems as if the framework for the long-term deal is in place. It is believed Staal will have an average cap hit of between $5.6 and $5.9 million dollars and again, the deal will be for 6 years. As part of the deal, Staal will most likely see the first 3 years a full no-movement clause and the last 3 years a partial no-movement clause.
Its unfortunate, but this may spell the end of time for Mats Zuccarello (UFA) in New York when the dotted line is signed. The Rangers interest seemed to be in getting Staal under contract as a first priority and that’s exactly what they did. The Rangers, as well as Zuccarello, also need to resign Martin St. Louis (UFA), Derek Stepan (RFA), among many others. With the cap going up that adds flexibility (the Rangers seem to have a projected $20 million in cap space for 2015-2016), but it seems as if someone may get left out.
With this being completed in the near future, what does everyone think of the deal?