6/9/17 | Marc Staal said that he wants to keep playing for the Rangers and added "I think I can help that team win. That's the bottom line." (TB News Watch)
Staal said that he wasn't able to be consistently play his "best hockey" throughout the year and said that his goal for next year will be to play "elite hockey all year long." (TB News Watch)
He said that he has heard the talk and the rumors about his future but said that he tries not to think about it too much until he knows the facts and, "I don't really know too much right now." (TB News Watch)
Staal holds a no-move clause and the Rangers would need his permission to trade him or expose him to Vegas in the expansion draft.
The Rangers could buy Staal, 30, out but that would ultimately cost the Rangers cap space of $2.1 million in 17-18 & 18-19, $3.1 million in 19-20, $3.9 million in 20-21 and $1.4 million from 2021 to 2025. (Cap Friendly)
This past season, Staal averaged 19:11, had 10 points, 89 hits, 97 blocks, 22 takeaways, 47 giveaways and started 57% of his 5 on 5 shifts in the regular season in the defensive zone.
In the playoffs, Staal averaged 19:15 per game, was scoreless, a minus one, had 25 hits, 23 blocked shots, 0 takeaways and 7 giveaways.
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Adam Rotter: There was a point during this season where Staal and Nick Holden were a very solid pair for the Rangers but both players saw their games fall as the season went on. Staal seemed to struggle after returning from his concussion and never really found his game after that. He is in control of his future, unless the Rangers buy him out, so it's still possible he returns next season. At this point, Staal would likely be at his best playing on the third pair with managed minutes and possibly favorable matchups. It would be a demotion for him but the Rangers need to get Brady Skjei more minutes and if that is going to happen, at least on the left side, than he needs to jump past Staal on the depth chart.