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2010 NHL free agency: Rangers re-sign Marc Staal

Sep 15, 2010, 1:35 PM EDT

marcstaal.jpgThe Rangers summer of fretting and worry can finally come to an end today. The Rangers have come to terms with restricted free agent Marc Staal on a five-year contract. The final totals are five years at $19.875 million and the years and a cap hit of $3.975 million per year break down like this as Craig Custance tweeted.

The annual breakdown on Staal deal: $3.1 million / $3.675 / $3.775 / $3.875 / $5.45

Rangers fans may be picking themselves up off the floor as this is a brilliant deal for the young and ready to breakout Staal. Even more stunning is that the contract doesn’t have a no-trade or no-movement clause. Of course, lost in all this is that the Rangers are now, according to CapGeek’s salary calculator, more than $4 million over the salary cap.

If you’re looking for a quick fix to this problem, feel free to turn your attention to defenseman Wade Redden and his $6 million cap hit. Unless Redden turns back the clock and has the best training camp since his early seasons in Ottawa, it seems almost assured that Redden will be on a bus bound for Hartford and the AHL to help rid the Rangers of his brutal cap hit.

If Rangers fans had a choice between Redden and perennial pariah Rozsival ($5 million cap hit) they’d still likely choose to send Redden to the AHL. That said, it’s very possible that the battle in training camp could come down between those two high-priced guys. Redden’s contract goes for four more seasons whereas Rozsival’s is good for two more. Maybe the Rangers could find a trading partner for either Redden or Rozsival but both players have limited no-trade clauses where they won’t accept deals to certain teams. Speculating on trades is just putting the cart before the horse in this case though.

  1. NikolaiNYR - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:41 PM

    AT LAST! I know NYRFTW won’t be happy, but $4M a year for this guy is perfect.

  2. NikolaiNYR - Sep 15, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    AT LAST! I know NYRFTW won’t be happy, but $4M a year for this guy is perfect.

  3. NYRFTW - Sep 15, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    I can’t complain with the cap hit. I would be an idiot for doing so! Sorry, but I get defensive when numbers like 5.5 million are being thrown around from inside sources. I think we will be a contender in 3 seasons from now when the bad money (Rosi, Drury) falls off the books. Hopefully sooner! We still need a legit number 1 center and I know the Rangers keep talking about Brad Richards. I’m glad I don’t have to boo him now on opening night!I really don’t hate a particular player it’s the cap hit that makes me hate the idea of the player if that makes sense. Every fan has a right to be that way. I was just high fiving people on the other side of my office. I have to admit I am pretty pumped now that the cap hit is accurate.

  4. sidenygameo - Sep 15, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    Hey Sir.. look at this thing that the stock guy told me about . its like some allinone thing. till tom sir.

  5. NikolaiNYR - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:35 PM

    So who do you think moves to Hartford? Redden or Rozsival?
    The article mentions Rozsival but I don’t dislike him as a defender. Though both of their cap hits are ridiculous.
    Do you think either one can play well enough to become trade bait?

  6. NYRFTW - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:58 AM

    I think that Redden will be demoted to Hartford. I don’t mind Rozsival, but he is obviously not worth his 5 million cap hit. I think that the Rangers can trade Rosi, but it might have to be in a package. Lets face it most teams in the league just don’t want a D for 5 million unless they are young and worth their salary. We might be stuck with Rosi for the next two years, but a team like Tampa might trade for him if they are in the playoff run this year if we package him in with another player like a prospect, which I would hate, but I think it’s the only way to get rid of Rozsival. We always have to keep in mind that the trade makes sense for the other team and in Rozsivals or Reddens case it’s a pretty hard sell! To trade Rozsival we have to hope that a team with a decent amount of cap room are pushing hard for a playoff spot this year. Then they would have his salary on their hands for only one more season, which could make it worth trading for him from their perspective.
    It’s tough to get the team you want in a cap era unless you get lucky and draft most of them. Even then it’s almost impossible to keep them all in the long run. We really have to hope that the young centers in our system can make a huge impact because that’s what were missing the most at this point and it’s almost impossible to land one via free agency for less than 6 million dollars.

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