The New York Rangers have traded defenseman Marc Staal and a 2021 second-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings for future considerations.
The Rangers alternate captain has one year left on his deal for $5.7 million. Staal signed that deal ahead of the 2015-16 season, for a total of $34.2 million. As part of the trade, the New York Rangers are not retaining any salary according to Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.
This past season, Staal struggled only compiling 11 points, while averaging a career-low ice time of 17:39 in all situations. He also was in the bottom 25 in goals above replacement according to Evolving-Hockey.com.
The New York Rangers now have 8 picks next season. While, the Detroit Red Wings who are in the middle of a rebuild, now have six picks in the first three rounds of the 2020 and 2021 drafts.
According to Cap Friendly, the move increases the Rangers cap space from just over $8 million to now just over $20 million. The New York Rangers come into the offseason having to sign restricted free agents, center Ryan Strome, winger Brendan Lemieux, defenseman Tony Deangelo, and goalie Alexander Georgiev.
Those players broke out this season, with Strome set to get a big pay bump, up from his current contract of $6.2 million. Strome had a huge season playing with Artemi Panarin, having a career high in points, 59, assists, 41 and tying his career high in goals, with 18.
Deangelo meanwhile was a good offensive defenseman also compiling career highs in points, goals and assists with, 53-point season. Lemieux, acquired in the Kevin Hayes trade back in February of 2019 was a physical presence, compiling 111 penalty minutes in only 59 games. Georgiev stepped up as a backup goalie, behind Igor Shesterkin, with a 3.04 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
Staal, who was drafted by the Rangers with the 12th overall pick of the 2005 NHL draft, played his entire 13 season career with the Blueshirts. In that time, he placed 6th on the all time games played list in franchise history, became the 7th player in franchise history to play in a game in three different decades, served as the alternate captain for the last 10 seasons.
In the trade, Staal had to waive his no move clause, although Red Wings GM Steve Yzerman said, according to Max Bultman of The Athletic, that NMC did not come into play in the trade.
New York Rangers GM Jeff Gorton told NHL.com that Staal said, “The success we had throughout Marc’s tenure, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, would not have been possible without his tireless efforts on and off the ice.”
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