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Henrik Lundqvist said that everyone is excited that Marc Staal is staying with the Rangers and "it's a great opportunity for some of us to play our entire careers together in New York for such a great organization. We are lucky." (NYR)

Lundqvist added, "we had some great moments and memories and look forward to creating new ones moving forward and hopefully the best one still to come." (NYR)

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The Rangers wanted to keep Marc Staal and made him the "number one" priority when it came to their pending Free Agents. (Friedman)

Elliotte Freidman says that the Rangers have had "not much conversation, if at all) with Marty St. Louis (UFA), Mats Zuccarello (UFA) and Derek Stepan (RFA). (Friedman)

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1/3/15 | 7:57AM: Contract talks with Staal should start to gain traction in the next few weeks. (NY Post)

The Rangers don't have anyone close to Staal who could replace him if traded and would just end up spending money on a player in free agency who isn't as valuable. (NY Post)

12/30/14 | 4:17PM: Marc Staal said that he hasn't been distracted this year by the fact that his contract with the Rangers is up at the end of this season. (Daily News)

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12/23/14 | 12:26PM: The Rangers are hesitant to give Staal a bigger contract than they gave Dan Girardi but they can't risk losing another part of their identity. Craig Custance says that the Staal contract extension is a potential distraction for the Rangers that they don't need. (ESPN Insider)

12/17/14 | 4:12PM: Larry Brooks writes that Marc Staal has demonstrated "night after night" why it has become "essential" for the Rangers to sign him to a long-term contract extension "as soon as possible." (NY Post)

Brooks says that "every other team" finds a way to get contracts done and it's enough "front office procrastination" and "enough of the nonsense." (NY Post)

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Elliotte Friedman spoke about the Dallas Stars this morning and mentioned Marc Staal as the type of defenseman they may be looking to acquire.

Friedman said, "I think that if the Rangers ever decide they are going to trade Marc Staal if they can't sign him, and I am saying that is an IF, or maybe if we get to where Chicago says in the summer that they have to move Brent Seabrook, I think the Dallas Stars are going to be All-In if another defensemen, a guy who can really play, an "A" level defensemen becomes available, I think that is what Jim Nill is saving his final bullet for. I think he knows his team needs it and it will be tough for his team to win until they find another guy like that." (Sportsnet via Nichols on Hockey)

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12/3/14 | 5:34PM: The Rangers will investigate trading Staal if they feel they won't be able to sign him by the trade deadline. Trading Staal would leave a top-four hole in the Rangers defense in the short and long term and likely end their chances as a contender this season. (Larry Brooks, NY Post)

11/25/14 | 12:23PM: There will be a big market for Staal if he becomes a free agent. (ESPN Insider)

11/19/14 | 9:07PM: Pierre and Eddie on NBCSN both agreed that Staal was worth $6 million plus a year.

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Marc Staal's agent says that there is nothing new to report on the status of a contract extension for the defenseman. (NY Post)

Staal's agent tells Larry Brooks that talks are open ended and that as of now no deadline for a deal has been set. Staal's agent notes that a deadline could be put into place, for a deal to happen or talks to stop, as they move further into the season. (NY Post)

If Staal imposes a deadline the Rangers could start trade talks with Staal to put their own pressure on/send him out of town. (NY Post)

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10/2/14 | 8:20PM: Staal was asked about not letting the contract impact his play and said, "you have to wait and see but as far as my mindset and where I am to start camp, it hasn't changed from any other year. I am excited to start playing games and doing what I can do to help us win games. That stuff will take care of itself. (Rangers training camp show)

Sam Rosen says that he doesn't think the two sides are far apart, there is no animosity and that a deal should get done. He says that Staal wants to stay and is a quiet leader in the room. (Rangers training camp show)

10/1/14 | 7:26PM: On Insider Trading, Pierre LeBrun said "There is a good chance that they will be able to but they are not there yet. There were productive talks before camp started and those will resume very soon. I think the Rangers would love to get Staal signed to a deal around Dan Girardi but I think Staal is looking for a bit more so they will need to find a place in the middle. (TSN)

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Marc Staal met with the media today at Rangers practice (via LoHud on SoundCloud)
  • ?"good couple of practices, good pace and we are excited to get it started."
  • On a new contract, "I don't think it changes anything for me. I will approach camp the same way that I always have. Come in and work hard and that won't change. I am excited and optimistic for the start of the season here."
  • Is it important to avoid the Callahan/Girardi situation, "obviously you want to avoid that type of situation. I don't think it's helpful to anyone when it goes that far like that so hopefully that won't happen and we will find some common ground and move on."
  • Will you keep talking through the season, "we haven't talked too much about that. Right now it's an open dialogue and we will see where it goes."
  • On working with Dan Boyle, "today it was 3 on 2s and down low coverage and stuff and when you are starting out just talking to each other, certain dialogue we are both used to using changes from team to team. The more scrimmages and game time the more natural it will come."
  • How tough is it to go from one guy to another, "I don't know, it's different with every different guy you play with. You start getting used to certain things that become automatic and they become reactionary rather than having to communicate it. That part takes time and I don't know how long it will take. He is very smart and skilled and I am excited to give it a try."
  • Is he similar to Stralman, "they can both move the puck, Stralman was great at making plays out of our end to get out of trouble. Boyler can do the same, great hands, very smart, a great sense of the game and that part of it is similar. He knows where to put the puck to get out of trouble."
  • "I don't know, we have had more testing this year than last year. That part, with the normal schedule and year, I don't think it will play a factor. We have stretches of 3-4 days off after lockouts and Olympics so we get back to normalcy of an 82 game schedule and that will help us."
  • On the practice, "good pace, lots of skating and a good first day."
  • Is there added motivation after last year, "it's motivation, you get that close and you want to get there again and finish it off. I don't think it's on anybodies minds right now, now it's the same as last year and about coming into camp and getting better every day. We have to get to work and it's the same thing, it's a process as a lot of people like to say. I had to throw it in there."
  • Would you like to wear the "C," "You want to be a captain and leader and I think that with the guys we have in our room there won't be a bad decision made. As far as the contract, that isn't a question for me, that is out of my hands."
  • On the new rules, "I saw something on the board about diving fines but I haven't read too much about it. That is all I know, if you dive you get fined. If we dive, they get fined? That isn't a bad rule, I don't mind that."
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7:48PM: Marc Staal is reportedly seeking a 6 or 7 year deal worth $6 million, or a bit more, per season. (NY Post)

The Rangers are believed to be offering the same deal they gave Dan Girardi, 6 years at $5.5 million, or a bit less. (NY Post)

Staal's agent says that there has been progress made but Larry Brooks says that there is still a big gap between the two sides.(NY Post)

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9/15/14 | 3:11PM: Elliotte Friedman says that there is nothing imminent with Staal, "I don't think," but the Rangers willingness to engage this early shows that they don't want to go through another season of rumor and distraction. (Sportsnet)

9/10/14 | 10:26AM: Marc Staal's agent says that he and the Rangers have had "productive" discussions about a long-term contract extension. (Daily News)

He says that the goal is for a long-term contract for Staal. (Daily News)

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8/21/14 | 2:34PM: Staal's agent says that things are "all quiet"? in regards to a contract extension. (ESPN NY)

8/2/14 | 9:26PM: There have been no discussions between the Rangers and Marc Staal about a contract extension though Staal's agent was told by Jeff Gorton that the Rangers focus at the start of the offseason was on locking up the players who had arbitration rights. (NY Post)

Staal's agent expects the two sides to talk before training camp and says that Marc's objective is to sign a long-term deal with the Rangers and he hopes to get it done before the season starts. (NY Post)

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Larry Brooks writes that the sooner the Rangers can engage Marc Staal in contract talks the sooner they can determine what his price is and if the number is too high they can begin to investigate trade talks.? (NY Post)

Brooks says that if the Rangers find the number to be too high, it's unlikely to decrease from where it is at now, then it's better to try to trade him sooner rather than later to avoid the situations that Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi went through. (NY Post)

60% of readers want to see the Rangers sign Staal long-term.

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Larry Brooks wonders if the Rangers and Glen Sather have learned their lesson from last year in how they handled contract talks with Henrik Lundqvist, Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan. He says that not having those players locked up in the summer "created a circus atmosphere" at times and "intruded" on the season.? (NY Post)

Staal said during the season that he wants his contract talks to be done this summer to avoid the issues that Girardi and Callahan had.

Staal adds that players can say all they want, but these kind of talks have to weigh on you and that his goal is to get a deal done before the season. He also says that management has to be willing to look at it the same way to get a deal done.? (NY Post)

The Rangers have not yet started contract extension talks with Staal.

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7/19/14| 6:09PM: Larry Brooks says that the Rangers better get busy on a Marc Staal extension as the price is only going to go up. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the minimum starting numbers for Staal will likely be six-years and $5.5 million per season. Staal would get at least that as a free agent next summer unless he were to sustain another concussion this year. (NY Post)

He says that the Rangers will either need to pay Staal or start investigating what he might be able to get in a trade. (NY Post)

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Marc Staal has one-year left on his contract and a cap hit of $3.975 million but a salary of $5.45 million.

Staal's salary in this contract has escalated from $3.1 million in the first year to $5.45 million next year.

Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers will need to extend Staal this summer and that he played like a "hungry animal through the playoffs." (NY Post)

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On Insider Trading Thursday, Darren Dreger said that the Carolina Hurricanes will have a lot of decisions to make this summer.

Dreger said, "there are some big names in play, leading up to the trade deadline we speculated about the future of Cam Ward. It is highly likely that Cam Ward will be traded in the summer even though he has the no-trade clause. The names just seem to get bigger, we are talking about Jeff Skinner and even the possibility of Eric Staal, the captain of the Hurricanes potentially being in play...primarily for financial reasons but obviously this is a significant shakeup that is in the works."

Dreger says that a lot will also depend on if GM Jim Rutherford wants to move upstairs in the organization or "perhaps out of the mix entirely."

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Marc Staal said on Sunday that he doesn't want to go through the same situation that Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi just went through and that if management is willing he would like to have his contract situation decided during the offseason.? (NY Post)
  • Staal is in the final-year of a five-year deal with a cap hit of $3.975
  • His actual salary this season is $5.45 million
Larry Brooks writes that Glen Sather must find out as soon as possible if Staal wants to stay in New York, and potentially be the next captain, or if he wants to join his brothers in Carolina. (NY Post)

If Staal wants to stay a new deal will likely be in the range of $5.5 million to $6 million per season bu if he doesn't want to stay it will be on Sather to get the best possible deal from Carolina. (NY Post)

  • Jordan Staal was sent to Carolina after turning down a ten-year extension worth a reported $60 million. Staal ended up signing that same deal with the Hurricanes.
  • He was sent to Carolina for a package that included Brandon Sutter, the 8th overall pick and defenseman Brian Dumolin.
Staal said that his focus right now is on the rest of the season and the playoffs and that he would prefer not to have to deal with any of this next season. (NY Post)
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