After the first day of free agency ended, the New York Rangers lost a good amount of role players but were able to sign a couple more with that spare money. While they brought back Dominic Moore, New York also signed offensive defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year deal.
After Boyle’s deal, only three Rangers defensemen (Ryan McDonagh, Dan Girardi, Kevin Klein) are signed at least until the 2017-18 NHL season. But could Marc Staal, whose contract expires after next season, see a contract extension soon?
One of the reasons why the Rangers went so far in the Stanley Cup Playoffs this season was partially due to the defense. While Staal doesn’t put up crazy statistics, he makes his presence known by making plays. You’ll always see him sacrificing his body to block shots. He’s very good with man-to-man matchups, and has a great extension with his stick.
An extension seems possible soon because both sides seem to be on the same page. Staal, who says he wants to stay a Ranger, wants to have an extension done before the regular season to avoid any distractions of possibly being traded during the season. New York loves how Staal performs and wants to have at least two defensive lines signed long-term. The contract, if agreed upon, could look something similar to Dan Girardi‘s six-year, $33 million deal.
It’d be smart if New York locked him up now, because if they don’t, he’ll be a hot commodity next year in the free agent market. A top-four blue line of McDonagh, Girardi, Staal and Boyle is something to be proud of. This would also help the Rangers focus more on re-signing young pieces while avoiding any other dumb moves (Tanner Glass, really?).