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The Rangers announced today that they have signed restricted free agent Marc Staal to a reported five-year deal worth $3.975 million per, according to TSN. Staal has been a staple on the Rangers blueline and was an important signing prior to training camp.
Now the Rangers must turn their focus to the salary cap as the signing takes them well over the limit.
More to come.
As per the Rangers:
York, September 15, 2010 –
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that
the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Marc Staal on a new contract.
Staal, 23, skated in 82 games with
the Rangers last season, registering eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points,
along with 44 penalty minutes and a plus-11 rating. He established
career-highs in goals, assists and points. He was one of four Rangers to
skate in all 82 games, and has played in 202 consecutive games including the
playoffs, dating back to February 19, 2008, at Montreal. Staal led the
team in average ice-time, logging a career-high 23:07 of icetime per game, and
eclipsed the 30:00 mark twice including a Rangers season-high 30:45 of icetime
on December 19 at Philadelphia. He ranked fourth on the Rangers in even
strength points (27), and tied for third in blocked shots (97), fourth in road
goals (seven) and fifth in road points (14). He also tied for second on
the team and 12th among NHL defensemen with 178 hits. Staal led all Rangers
defensemen with a career-high two game-winning goals and a plus-11 rating,
ranked second in goals and points and third in assists. Seven of his
eight goals were tallied away from Madison Square Garden, including a
career-high three-game goal streak (three goals) from March 30 at the Islanders
to April 3 at Florida. Staal tallied his first career multi-assist
performance with two assists on January 31 at Colorado, and registered a
career-high four-game point streak from November 27 at Tampa Bay to December 5
at Buffalo (one goal and three assists). He skated in his 200th career
NHL game on December 26 vs. the Islanders.
The 6-4, 210-pounder has
skated in 244 career NHL games in three seasons with the Rangers, registering
13 goals and 39 assists for 52 points, along with 150 penalty minutes.
Staal established career-highs in hits (189) and shots (96) during the 2008-09
season, and was selected to participate in the NHL YoungStars Game at the 2009
NHL All-Star Weekend on January 24, 2009, in Montreal for the second
consecutive season. As a rookie in 2007-08, Staal won the Lars-Erik
Sjoberg Award as the top rookie in Rangers training camp. He made his NHL
debut in the season-opener on October 4, 2007, vs. Florida, and registered his
first point with an assist on November 1, 2007, vs. Washington. In
addition, Staal has skated in 17 career playoff contests, registering two goals
and two assists, along with eight penalty minutes. He established playoff
career-highs in games played (10), assists (two), points (three) and penalty
minutes (eight) during the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Internationally, Staal has
represented his native country in several tournaments, most recently skating
with Team Canada at the 2010 World Championship in Germany. He registered
one assist and tied for second on the team with a plus-two rating in seven
games. Staal also captured back-to-back gold medals with Canada at the
World Junior Championship in 2006 and 2007, and was named the top defenseman at
the 2006 World Junior Championship.
The Thunder Bay, Ontario native was
originally selected as the Rangers first round choice, 12th overall, in the
2005 NHL Entry Draft.