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.)
I understand that Glen Sather wants to re-sign Marc Staal, and I also understand that most Rangers fans would like Staal to be re-signed as well. I am not one of those fans, and I don’t think that’s a secret to anyone. Personally, I’d love to see Staal traded and like to see that happen sooner than later.
There are so many other options the Rangers have on defense. They have prospects such as Ryan McDonagh, Dylan Mcilrath, Matt Mccue, Pavel Valentenko, Mike Saur, Jyri Niemi, etc. They do not need to hold on to Marc Staal. For goodness sakes, they could trade Marc Staal for a talented young defenseman if they wanted.
What should they do with Marc Staal?
If negotiations were going differently with Staal (if they were going well) then I probably wouldn’t be saying any of this. But the fact is that the Rangers are not getting any closer to re-signing him.
Actually, last I heard, they are getting even further away from signing him. I say, forget about Staal! If Glen Sather still wants to sign a defenseman, go after Willie Mitchell. From what I’m hearing, Mitchells asking price ($) is less than Staals asking price. If only the Rangers were in this situation with Dan Girardi instead, right?
So again, I say the Rangers forget about Staal and move on with their offseason. They have many other needs that they need to tend to. I know a lot of Ranger fans disagree with me, and I am anticipating many comments along the lines of “you’re a terrible Ranger fan”. Feel free to leave a comment, but please leave those types of comments at a low amount. We are all Ranger fans, and we all have different views on how things should be done.
Thanks for the read, hope you enjoyed.