When the Rangers acquired Eric Staal, Alain Vigneault said that Staal was an "elite player" who brought Stanley Cup and Gold Medal experience that they thought would fit in well.
Jeff Gorton said that the Rangers felt that Eric Staal was the best player available at the deadline and that he would help the top nine forwards. (NYR)
Gorton said that Staal's experience would help the Rangers and that he would be excited and play hard being back in a playoff race. (NYR)
For a lot more on Staal's time with the Rangers, click HERE.
At the deadline, 86% of readers said that they liked the trade for Staal.
Adam Rotter: I was unsure about Eric Staal leading up to the deadline but was all for it once the price was announced. I didn't think he was the missing piece as much as someone who would add depth, experience, a big body and hopefully some goals to the Rangers in a supporting role. That didn't happen, the Rangers aren't playing right now and, in hindsight, paid a much higher price for him than they thought they did. It didn't work out but I can't kill the Rangers, who at the time of the deadline were probably the second best team in the East, for a making a deal they thought would give them another chance at a run. It didn't work out, the two sides will move on from each other and the Rangers will need to find a creative way to recoup some of those lost assets.