I think we can all admit that while Marc Staal has been a very good New York Ranger throughout his entire career, he is now a shell of his former self. This is not his fault of course. Last years’ horrific eye injury, plus a bad concussion history, definitely has something to do with Staal’s lackluster play this season.
Now, Staal has never been a goal scoring defenseman, but he has always been reliable when it came to assists. However, this season through 43 games, he only has two goals and four assists and has been pretty much a non-factor this whole season.
While Staal might not draw much interest from around the league as he once would have, the Carolina Hurricanes have made it evident that they would like to acquire Staal in order to have all of the Staal brothers on the same team. Whether an interesting strategy or a publicity stunt on the part of the Hurricanes, I do not know, but what I do know is if the Hurricanes are still interested, then the Rangers should act fast in making this deal happen.
The Rangers need to try to get a forward and a defenseman in this deal if it were to happen. Originally, the Hurricanes were willing to give the Rangers Jeff Skinner for Staal, however, since he is now second on the team in points, I doubt the Rangers can still get away with that deal straight up. However, maybe, just maybe, the Rangers could also offer up Carl Hagelin or J.T. Miller and maybe a draft pick to pry Skinner away from the Hurricanes.
I know it is a long shot, and probably all the team can get for Staal from the Hurricanes is Jiri Tlusty and a defenseman, but regardless, the Rangers need to make some deals to acquire offense at both the forward and defensive positions. Right now I feel Staal is likely to be the odd man out with the Rangers needing to sign about half of their roster due to them being unrestricted free agents this offseason.