What Should the New York Rangers Do with Marc Staal?

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What Should the New York Rangers Do with Marc Staal?
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The departure of Anton Stralman this summer is something that not only impacts the New York Rangers blue line; it is something that could come into play when discussions are held about Marc Staal.

The Rangers didn't exactly show urgency when trying to re-sign Stralman, as they were pretty quiet during the first day of free agency.

Pierre LeBrun of TSN tweeted on July 1 that Stralman would be headed to free agency if the Rangers didn't reach out, according to a conversation with Stralman's agent, and that is exactly what happened.

Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports Marc Staal would like to know what his future holds this summer, and rightly so. The Blueshirts' 2005 first-rounder is set to hit unrestricted free agency next summer, and there is no clear-cut answer as to what should happen with Staal.

The recent situation with Stralman should swing the pendulum in one direction or the other, because there is no way the Rangers will let a top-tier defender walk away in two consecutive summers.

Therefore, the question becomes, what should the Rangers do with the native of Thunder Bay, Ontario?

Should they pay the man what he wants or should they look into dealing him this summer while he has value? There's a valid case to be made for both sides, and here's an analytical look at the Staal situation.

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