Three of the four Staal brothers are locked up in Carolina, but Marc Staal is currently looking for a new deal with the New York Rangers.
Marc Staal, 27, is entering the final year of a five-year, $19.875 million deal that he signed following the 2009-2010 season. Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that, though no discussions have been had yet, the Rangers and Staal are hoping to get a long-term contract extension done before the start of next season.
“There’s been no discussion at all, but I did get a call from Jeff early in the offseason telling me that they were working on their arbitration cases, so not to interpret it as a sign of disrespect toward Marc,” agent Paul Krepelka told Slap Shots on Thursday, referring to assistant general manager Jeff Gorton. “I expect that we will be talking at some point before training camp. Marc’s objective is to sign a long-term deal with the Rangers, and he would like to get it done before the season starts. That hasn’t changed, but we’ll see.”
The New York Rangers could opt to not sign Marc Staal and look to trade him in the upcoming season. They did a similar thing with Ryan Callahan.
Ryan Callahan ended up being moved to the Tampa Bay Lightning and signing an extension there.