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)
An Eastern Conference executive said that Staal is a complimentary player now but still brings size in the middle and secondary scoring. (ESPN)
Eric said that he is looking forward to the opportunity to play with the Rangers. He said that he feels he has a lot of hockey left.
His brother Marc said that Eric is only in his early 30s and has "like 10 years left." (NYR)
Adam Rotter: I'm not sure that anyone would be surprised if Staal went through the same thing that Marty St. Louis did when he was first acquired or Keith Yandle. It's a new team for Staal, new system and a dramatically different role. Staal isn't the number one center on this team and depending on where he skates might not even be in the top-six. There will be an adjustment period for Staal but I think he will end up being really good for the Rangers, especially in the playoffs as another big option for teams to worry about.