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This season, Eric Staal has 11 goals and 15 assists in 32 games with the Wild and was named Third Star of the Week in the NHL this past week.

In 20 games after being acquired by the Rangers last year, Staal had 3 goals, 3 assists and in 5 playoff games he was a minus 7.

Staal reportedly took a full month off after the Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs last year to "reset" and says now that he feels he is in the second chapter of his career and it's "just the beginning." (The Hockey News)

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Eric Staal has signed a three-year deal with the Wild worth $3.5 million per season. (McKenzie)

Staal had reportedly not shut the door on re-joining the Rangers.

Adam Rotter: It was always a long shot that Staal would return to the Rangers but this signing with the Wild probably impacts their pursuit of Derek Stepan. Minnesota and Stepan has been something that has been rumored for a while and the primary reason why Stepan has been mentioned in trade talks. With Minnesota likely out of that, unless the Rangers take a center back from the Wild, Stepan may stay with the Rangers.

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Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

According to Craig Custance of ESPN, Eric Staal hasn't ruled out returning to the Rangers and the two sides are expected to talk again. (ESPN Insider)

Custance says that ultimately it will come to down to "fit" for Eric who thinks that he is a top-six forward. (ESPN Insider)

Custance says that there are "definitely teams out there" willing to give him an opportunity in the top-six. (ESPN Insider)

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The Rangers' Dominic Moore skates between the Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) and Nick Leddy in their Jan. 14 matchup. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)
The Rangers' Dominic Moore skates between the Islanders' Frans Nielsen (51) and Nick Leddy in their Jan. 14 matchup. (Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports)

The Rangers are not expected to pursue new contracts with pending UFAs Eric Staal or Dominic Moore. (NY Post)

For a lot more on Staal's time with the Rangers, click HERE.

Moore had 6 goals, 9 assists in 80 games, a minus two rating, 32 PIM in an average of 13:18 per game.

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Mar 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) shoots and scores a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)
Mar 27, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) shoots and scores a goal past Pittsburgh Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury (29) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports ( Adam Hunger)

4/29/16 | 1:07PM: Larry Brooks writes that Vigneault never found the right spot for Eric Staal and Eric reiterated that he feels he can still be an impact player. (NY Post)

He said that he came to a team with 100 points and didn't come to ruffle feathers or demand certain spots or roles. Eric said " I came here to fit in and help us become a balanced team that could go on a run, Clearly that didn't happen." (NY Post)

4/28/16| 8:59AM: Eric Staal said on breakup day that he has some decisions to make about his future and that he doesn't think the Rangers aw the best that he can be. (MSG)

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Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Apr 13, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck as Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Conor Sheary (43) pressures during the second period in game one of the first round of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

4/18/16 | 12:43PM: Larry Brooks writes that it's time for the Rangers to try Eric Staal back in the middle where he probably has the best chance to succeed. (NY Post)

Brooks notes that Eric was shaken up when hit against the Islanders recently and again in the third period of Game 2. (NY Post)

4/17/16 | 8:20PM: Through two playoff games with the Rangers, Eric Staal has a minus three rating, 2 PIM and 4 shots on goal.

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On this week's show, Brian Compton, Nick Licalzi, and Matt Cubeta preview the Rangers' first round matchup with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Plus, Brian chats with Pat Leonard of the Daily News about the injuries to Ryan McDonagh and Eric Staal, and the importance of Rick Nash's play throughout the series.

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4/12/16: 9:49AM: Zuccarello said that he was dealing with swelling and could not walk properly for a day after blocked a shot in the leg against the Islanders last Thursday. (Nettavisen

He said that if the game against Detroit was a playoff game he likely would have played. (Nettavisen)

4/11/16 | 3:28PM: On Girardi, Vigneault said, "the plan was that Dan was going to skate before practice and after on his own. He skated before with Mac and if nothing happens tomorrow he should practice tomorrow and be fine." (NYR)

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Dec 30, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)
Dec 30, 2015; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Ryan McDonagh (27) against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports (Kim Klement)

Ryan McDonagh: Day to day with what is believed to be a small break in his right hand. Expected to miss the start of the playoffs.

Dan Girardi: Expected to be ready for Game 1 after suffering upper body injury against Tampa Bay and missing the past two games.

Viktor Stalberg: Expected to be ready for Game 1 after missing Saturday's game with a lower body injury.

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

7:05PM: Elliotte Friedman writes that the news he is hearing about Staal is "positive" and that he should be good for the playoffs.

3:19PM: Alain Vigneualt said that Eric was held out as a precaution and that "he should be fine." (NYR)

2:35PM: The Rangers have announced that Eric Staal will not return to today's game after he suffered an injury late in the second period.

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

3/31/16 | An NHL executive told Pierre LeBrun that Staal looked like "Eric Staal of old" against the Penguins, adding "the one with 100 points." (ESPN)

3/30/16 | In The Players Tribune, Eric Staal wrote a goodbye letter to Carolina and touched not only on his history there but his transition to the Rangers.

Staal said that if he "did have to move team" he "couldn't have asked for a better organization to join than the Rangers. I've played against them so many times, so I know exactly how good they are." (The Players Tribune)

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the first period against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Eric Staal conducted a conference call today with the media about his return to Carolina on Thursday:

  • He is already in Carolina with his family and that his parents will fly down for the game which features the three Staal brothers. (NYR)
  • He is feeling more comfortable every game and the players and staff "have all been great and welcomed me with open arms." (NYR)
  • His family came up to New York for the first game but returned to Carolina after. They will come back to New York on Friday. (NYR)
  • He is excited to be back in the playoffs this year and that being in the postseason is "why you play." (NYR)
  • It will feel like a "a whole other ballgame" when the playoffs start
  • He knew the Rangers were good before he came over and that he feels the Rangers can beat anyone. (NYR)
  • He says that the Rangers have "great balance," are competitive and can throw out four different lines that can all contribute. (NYR)
  • He has to make sure to turn left when he comes into the building in Carolina and go to the visitors locker room. (Ranger Rants)
  • He has only just recently gotten into a routine where he feels comfortable with both practice days and game days. (Ranger Rants)
  • He's watched the Rangers in the playoffs "from the couch" the last few years and he is excited to be part of it.
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Eric Staal had two goals for the Rangers last night, getting his first point in 6 game sand his first goal in 10.

Staal had four shots on goal, his most with the Rangers since March 8th when he had 5 against Buffalo.

Ryan McDonagh said that Staal was close for a handful of games but "obviously it's good whenever it goes in, especially twice in one game." (MSG)

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New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)
New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist (Adam Hunger/USA Today Sports Images)

Sidney Crosby scored on a deflection at 4:30 of overtime and the surging Pittsburgh Penguins beat the New York Rangers 3-2 Sunday night in a potential first-round playoff preview.

Matt Cullen and Phil Kessel also scored for the Penguins, who have won eight of nine. Marc-Andre Fleury made 25 saves.

Eric Staal scored twice for New York, which had won three straight. Kevin Hayes and Jesper Fast assisted on both of Staal's goals. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 29 shots.

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) controls the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef (29) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) controls the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef (29) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Alain Vigneault said that he is taking the blame for Eric Staal's struggles with the Rangers so far, saying that he hasn't "put him in an ideal situation."

Vigneault said that he has been moving players around Staal to find the right chemistry.

He noted that Staal stayed on the ice for a while after practice working with Chris Kreider.

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Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save on New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)
Mar 8, 2016; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres goalie Robin Lehner (40) makes a save on New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the first period at First Niagara Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports (Kevin Hoffman)

Alain Vigneault said that adding Eric Staal gives the Rangers another big player, along with Rick Nash, Chris Kreider and JT Miller who is strong in front of the net. (NYR)

Vigneault said that in front of the net "you need to pitchfork and slash and hack and goalies are so good now that rarely do you beat them on the initial shot. Eric will help us, there is no doubt." (NYR)

Eric said that the Rangers have big bodies who are able to get "ugly in front of the net." (Newsday)

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Against the Islanders on Sunday, Eric Staal had a goal, an assist, four shots on goal, one shot attempt blocked, two shots that missed the net, one hit, one takeaway and was 20-and-2 on faceoffs.

Joe Micheletti said that Staal was "quantum leaps" better against the Islanders and put on a "dominant performance." (MSG)

Micheletti added that Staal looked "more energetic," had more "pace" in his game and was the "best player on the ice and it wasn't close." (MSG)

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Mar 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) carries the puck ahead of New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Mar 3, 2016; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Carl Hagelin (62) carries the puck ahead of New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) during the second period at the CONSOL Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

In his second game with the Rangers, Eric Staal played 14:45, had two shots on goal, 1 shot attempt that was blocked, 1 shot attempt that missed the net, 4 hits and was 3 and 8 on faceoffs.

By period, Staal played:

  • 4:48 in the first
  • 5:23 in the second
  • 4:34 in the third
  • 44 seconds on the PP
  • 32 seconds on the PK.

Eric said that he didn't think his move to the Rangers would "extremely easy" but added that he is feeling more and more comfortable after every game. (Ranger Rants)

He skated mostly with Viktor Stalberg (11:08), Kevin Hayes (8:17) and Oscar Lindberg (3:17).

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) controls the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef (29) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) controls the puck in front of Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Cody Goloubef (29) during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers think Eric can be energized by the trade and that they scouted him "a lot." They feel that surrounding Eric with the pieces the Rangers have will allow them to get "a lot out of him."(NYR)

One scout told Craig Custance that Eric is a bit of a Jekyl and Hyde player but that adding him to a team where he doesn't have to be "the go-to-guy" could be "okay." (ESPN)

That scout said that Staal isn't a number one center anymore but that as a number 2 center "you might have something." (ESPN)

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates in front of Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (17) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates in front of Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky (17) during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Eric Staal played 15:43 in his Rangers debut with one shot on goal, one shot that missed the net, one hit, one giveaway, one takeaway and nine faceoff wins with eight faceoff losses.

By period, Staal played 5:05 in the first, 4:42 in the second and 5:56 in the third. He played 15 minutes at even strength, 36 seconds on the PP and seven seconds on the PK.

He played 9:19 with Kevin Hayes, 8:20 with Oscar Lindberg, 5:42 with Mats Zuccarello and 5:02 with Derick Brassard. (Natural Stat Trick)

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Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Feb 29, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Rangers center Eric Staal (12) skates against the Columbus Blue Jackets during the first period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Eric Staal spoke on MSG after the game and said:

  • "It's a ton of emotion from the moment the trade happened but it's been positive since that moment and joining this group. It's a great group of guys who made me feel welcome right off the bat. Feels nice to get the win which is what we are focused on as a group. We will enjoy it tonight and get back to work tomorrow and continue on."
  • On the feeling out process, "there is a lot going through my head, not just personally but system-wise. I need to gain AV's trust in my abilities and what I can do for him and how I can help this group. A lot of areas I can continue to get better at and more comfortable in. It's a starting point and continue on and look forward to the next game."
  • On being on the ice at the end of the game, "no question. You want to be counted on in big moments. You want to be out there. Our guys competed hard all the way through. Not the best start but we got better as it went on. Huge goal by Step to close it out."
  • On the character, "and swagger. You need that. There is a confidence and a feeling in this room regardless of the score or what the game is. They will be able to find a way. Tonight was a classic example, it wasn't our best start but a lot of poise and confidence and ability to battle and fight and we got some good players that can make plays."
  • Will it get more comfortable now, "yea, no question. More comfortable every day. It will take some time, 12 years with one team is a long but and there are things I will get comfortable with. It's a step and I am super excited."
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Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)

Eric Staal spoke with the media earlier today about joining the Rangers (NYR):

  • "I started my career there and won a Stanley Cup. Leaving behind a ton of memories but this is where I wanted to go and this is where I wanted to be. I was excited to get started and opportunity. Having Marc here is an extra benefit but if he wasn't it's still a great spot for me in my career."
  • How did the trade talk go, "we had discussions throughout the year. We gave them a couple of teams but they knew that this was the spot I wanted to be, for obvious reasons and I am grateful that Ron and Jeff were able to work something out and allow me to join these guys."
  • Why did you want to join this team, "the core group that they already have in place, starts with the goaltender, but the group of players, they are battle tested, have played big games and in big moments where you have to prove yourself. They haven't gotten it done yet but they are very close. I believe that they have the will to try and achieve that goal. I just want to fit in with this group, I know them from over the years and playing against them and obviously Marc is here. I just want to fit and help the team win and I think that they are a capable group and can compete against anybody.'
  • On his game being energized, "when you miss the playoffs for six years and you are the captain, it's tough. A lot of trying times for a lot of different reasons. For a lot of reasons it didn't happen the way you envision. For me, I think time for this opportunity and this chance and I am looking forward to the opportunity and getting on the ice and playing the game."
  • On his future with the Rangers past this year, "Right now I am just focused on fitting in with the group and playing out these 20 games and having a good playoff. That is why I wanted to come here. That kind of stuff we will worry about later, right now just focused on this year and this group."
  • Do you feel you have a lot of hockey left in your body, "I do, I feel that I am a young guy and it goes fast. I was told that when I came in at 18 and it has. I feel like I have a lot of hockey life left in me. Just looking forward to playing with a very good team. Play my game and fit in with them and help this team win games."
  • On the family reaction, "it was an interesting, it's bittersweet. You are leaving a lot of people that you care about but the opportunity to play on a great team, to play with Marc, is too good to pass up. Real excited to be given the chance and the opportunity and I am sure that my folks will be at a lot of games moving forward."
  • Are they coming tonight, "I don't think they are coming tonight."
  • What was yesterday like, "I knew that there was a possibility that they had been working on, Ron had approached me and talked about the possibility of getting something done. I knew that there was a chance that it could be happening shortly. I went about my day regular like I was playing. I started preparing and my name was on the card to play and then Ron came in and let me know and I learned what happened. Said some goodbyes and came here."
  • On how Jordan felt, "It's tough because he is playing so well. For both of us, we just wanted the team to be at a point where we could be in the playoffs. The way that Jordan was playing, he was leading the charge to get there. We knew it was a possibility. The discussions that I have had with management and the direction they wanted to go in. He knew that it was possible but it doesn't make it any easier. You play the whole year and grind and push. He understands that it's a business and we had a good embrace on the way out and he is excited for me and this chance."
  • On his kids and family, "it was interesting. My 4 year old just kept telling me that he didn't want me to move away and I told him that I wasn't leaving without him. The Rangers, top notch from the moment the deal happened. It's a great organization and I have heard that numerous times from Marc. How they conduct their business is top notch. They were awesome and great. We came in last night and they had jerseys, on in the room. They are excited and I am glad that they are here the first couple of days to help get me settled and then they will probably go back. We will figure it out as we go."
  • On going from being captain to a new team, "it's not a challenge. I loved being captain and being there, at this juncture of time it was right for me to take this chance and be here and I look forward to this challenge and opportunity."
  • When was the last time you played with Marc, "I don't think we ever have. Jordan and Marc played together growing up but Marc and I never played. First one tonight, hopefully it ends with a win."
  • On an extension with Carolina, "there was a discussion back and forth but deep down, had a feeling that the direction they wanted to go. As much as they are doing the right things with the young players and there are bright pieces. Deep in my gut I knew this was a chance I needed to take and the rest of this year ends how I envision and we go from there."
  • On where he plays, "personally I think I am a better center. I think I can play both effectively. The group of talented forwards, I will fit with whoever they want me to play with. With my speed, skating and stride being in the middle gets me going a little more. I am looking forward to playing with all the guys, their lineup is very good. Even with injuries going strong. Looking forward to tonight."
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Rangers GM Jeff Gorton held a conference call with the media following the team's acquisition of Eric Staal (NYR)

  • On if they talked about an extension with Staal, Gorton said that Staal is on the team today and they will see where it goes. He said that he didn't have the opportunity before the trade to discuss an extension with Staal and "we're acquiring a player to play for us tomorrow and we'll go from there." (NYR)
  • On if the roster is good enough to win, Gorton said that the Rangers wanted to add to their team. He added "we felt like the group, if we could do it, needed an addition, something to show them - to help us add in one area and this was the area we thought was best suited to help us, and that's what we did." (NYR)
  • On Eric Staal's game lately, Gorton said that the Rangers think he can be "energized" by the team and that he was scouted "a lot." He said that he thinks the Rangers know Eric "as well as anybody." (NYR)
  • Was the move made to compete with Washington, Gorton said that there wasn't a direct connection and that the Rangers are just trying to build the best team they can. (NYR)
  • On if Keith Yandle is available, Gorton said that the Rangers aren't moving him and like that he can move the puck, play in their top four, he's a great teammate and he wants to win. He said that when the Rangers acquired Yandle they looked at it as having two good runs in the playoffs with him." (NYR)
  • On if it helped to have Marc, Gorton said that having Marc "had to have helped" and that Eric must know a lot about what it's like to play in New York after all the time Marc has been there." (NYR)
  • Gorton said that Eric's experience throughout his career will help the team and "that once he becomes a Ranger and gets on the ice for us, he's going to be in a playoff spot as of tomorrow and he's going to play hard." (NYR)
  • Gorton said that the Rangers felt that Eric was the best player available at the deadline and that he will help the top nine. (NYR)
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Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)
Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. (John E. Sokolowski)

The Rangers have acquired Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes for two second round picks (2016 & 2017) and prospect Aleksi Saarela.

For a lot more on the run up to the trade, click HERE, HERE and HERE.

In a statement, Carolina GM Ron Francis said "Eric has been the face of this franchise for a long time, and we thank him for his dedication, leadership and many contributions on and off the ice over the years. We felt this was an important opportunity for us to continue our work in building an organization that can consistently compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs."

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Feb 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Feb 26, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
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2:04PM: The second round picks are in 2016 and 2017. (LeBrun)

1:59PM: The Rangers will have $497,863 in cap space to make another move tomorrow. (General Fanager)

1:54PM: Staal was only willing to waive to come to the Rangers. (Lavoie)

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Feb 21, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan (24) at PNC Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Feb 21, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan (24) at PNC Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
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2/28/16: 11:20PM: The plan is for Staal to play today against St. Louis. (McKenzie)

McKenzie said that things can change quickly and that the "obvious suitor" appear to be the Rangers. (McKenzie)

7:39AM: John Shannon tweets that Eric Staal hasn't been asked to waive his no-trade clause and that he suspects Ron Francis will only go to Staal if he gets a deal that he likes. (Shannon)

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Feb 5, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) skates during warmups before a game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)
Feb 5, 2016; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal (12) skates during warmups before a game against the Winnipeg Jets at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports (Bruce Fedyck)

2/26/16 | 8:51AM: Bruce Garrioch writes that if Eric is to be moved the Hurricanes would need to eat some of his salary. He also wonders that if the Rangers do have "serious interest" in Eric "you have to winder how much longer it's going to be until" Rick Nash returns from his injury. (Ottawa Sun)

2/25/16 | 1:46PM: Pierre LeBrun lists the Rangers, and the chance to play with his brother Marc, and the Blackhawks, the chance to play on a favorite, as potential options if Eric Staal decides to waive his no-trade clause. (ESPN)

LeBrun says that if Eric does decide to waive his no-trade clause he would have a very short list of teams he would be interested in going to. (ESPN)

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Staal and the Rangers have been linked for the past week, HERE and HERE.

2/24/16 | 6:09PM: Elliotte Friedman said on a USA Today podcast, "I see the Rangers as the obvious team. His brother is there, they could use a player like him. Eric Staal, if they get him, probably solves a lot of their problems. It's so hard to win now. I think you take your chances when you can.

3:40PM: Bob McKenzie wonders if the Rangers have an advantage with Staal because they can present him with an opportunity to play with Marc.

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Feb 21, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan (24) at PNC Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)
Feb 21, 2016; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal (12) skates with the puck against Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Callahan (24) at PNC Arena. The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 4-2. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports (James Guillory)

2/24/16 | 3:40PM: Bob McKenzie wonders if the Rangers have an advantage with Staal because they can present him with an opportunity to play with Marc.

McKenzie also wonders about the idea of Staal not being a rental for the Rangers, "what if his Brotherly Love cap hit-discount, in a place like New York, was deep enough for the Rangers to consider him a longer-term option and not just a one-and-done rental?" (TSN)

2/23/16 | 6:28PM: On TSN Insider Trading, Bob McKenzie spoke of Eric Staal and said that the Hurricanes and Staal are still in a holding pattern.

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11/18/16: 12:12PM: Eric Staal said that he has not been asked to waive his no-move clause and that the two sides have had contract talks. (Garrioch)

12/17/16 | 8:48PM: On NBCSN, while talking about Chicago, Bob McKenzie said "the Hurricanes have not indicated that they are interested in trading Eric Staal because they are in a playoff race. Eric Staal has a full no-move clause and he has given no indications to what his intentions will be. It's the biggest salary of the group it's the one that makes the least amount of sense or is the most difficult for Chicago to bring in."

8:27PM: Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers are in need of a "formidable, physical top-six winger who will bring a presence to the down-low game, grinding game and the suffering power play" and that Eric Staal is that player. (NY Post)

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