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)
Staal has a no-move clause but Brooks says that "there would seem more than just a chance" that Eric would waive it to play with Marc. (NY Post)
Brooks adds that the Rangers have talked about Eric Staal before. (NY Post)
As for what to trade for Staal, Brooks suggests sending the first round pick they don't send to the Coyotes (either 16 or 17) but adds that Pavel Buchnevich and Brady Skjei are off-limits. (NY Post)
Brooks says that Oscar Lindberg is probably not off-limits, and would likely be the player who comes out of the lineup for Staal, and that the Canes would need to likely eat 50% of his cap charge. (NY Post)
Frank Seravalli writes that if Staal decides to move it may be tough for the Hurricanes to find a match. (TSN)
Canes GM Ron Francis says that he has had discussions with Staal about his future but no decision has been made yet. (Nichols)
Staal's cap hit is $8.25 million.
Adam Rotter: The question with Staal is the same question that comes with Andrew Ladd or any other possible rental the Rangers could look at: how much is it going to cost? That's it. If the Rangers can get Eric Staal for nothing of value, sure, why not add a big forward who has Stanley Cup experience.
But once prospects, young/cheap players, or high draft picks are thrown in you need to take a step back and probably where things break down between the Rangers and Hurricanes. The Hurricanes likely aren't going to move Eric Staal, their captain and franchise player, for nothing. Once you get above nothing though the Rangers would have to take a long look at their chances this year vs the future.