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Marc Staal’s agent: ‘There’s been no discussion at all’ on extension

Aug 3, 2014, 10:07 AM EDT

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New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal could be headed for unrestricted free agency next summer. The 27-year-old blue liner wants to stay in Manhattan, but there’s a snag in that plan.

The Rangers haven’t started talking with him about a new deal yet.

Staal’s agent Paul Krepelka tells Larry Brooks of the New York Post that while his client wants to sign a long-term deal to stay with the Rangers, the two sides haven’t had a discussion about it.

“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,” 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.”

The last thing the Rangers need to do is lose one of their top young defensemen. Given how the Rangers took care of Ryan McDonagh, Henrik Lundqvist, and Dan Girardi recently, there’s not much reason to stress over them not getting something done with Staal.

If they somehow don’t get something done before next summer, things could get very stressful quickly. The Rangers will have Derek Stepan and Carl Hagelin to get re-signed as RFAs and both Mats Zuccarello and Martin St. Louis are also UFA eligible.

  1. dannyboy1313 - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    Steal is become gun-shy. Get value for him while you can.

    • 950003cups - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      Too late. It’s already public knowledge that he’s damaged merchandise. Maybe, just MAYBE, his best value would be in Carolina. They can get all the Staal’s.

  2. muttbolts91 - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    MSL= cry baby. Hope he retires, lots of respect lost for him. He could’ve waited for the offseason to cry and demand a trade. Worst captain ever

    • stakex - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Oh get over it already. He didn’t owe the Bolts a damn thing… and he has earned the right to be selfish a little bit at this point in his career. Not to mention who can blame him for leaving a so-so team for a true shot at the Cup, especially at his age.

    • 950003cups - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:00 PM

      How did MSL take over an article about “Staalsy”? Wow how I hate the hockey nicknames. They spins more like something a 5 year old girl would say to her dolls.
      McD and Girardi were both very necessary to lock up. They’re gonna stall on Staal (no pun intended) to see where his game is at. Concussion history and a bad eye are not good to have. His game has regressed a lot as well. Could be a result of the head hits or getting used to playing with a (tinted?) visor. Bottom line is, they’re gonna have to be very careful of offering him the right amount.

      • nebbah306 - Aug 4, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        For once, Cups, I agree. Ship him to Carolina. Bring up some of the young guns. I hope Staalsie has a good bounce back year this year and they unload him at the deadline. We cant have $13-15 mill locked up on three defensemen. Bring up Dylan McIlrath, Brady Skjei, Mat Bodie or Conor Allen next year.

    • billiam55 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:22 PM

      i think ur the crybaby.

  3. stakex - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Not really much surprise the two sides haven’t talked yet. The Rangers had quite a few pressing issues to take care of this summer, and now that they are mostly out of the way perhaps contract talks will heat up with Staal. Than again, with how Sather likes to wait till the last minute to re-sign players…. who knows.

    Of course there is room to discuss whether the Rangers actually should re-sign Staal, or simply trade him while his value is still high. I think if that was going to happen however, it would have happened already…. and the cap space saved would have been used to instead re-sign Stralman.

  4. muttbolts91 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Let’s see how that works out for him this year. Rangers lost a lot of talent this off season and the bolts picked up a lot Remember every team passed up Marty twice, he would be playing overseas if it wasn’t for the bolts. Rangers will be lucky to make the playoffs this year

    • actuary17 - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      The Rangers have made the playoffs all but 1 season post-lockout when Lundqvist took over as the starting goalie. The one year they missed it was by a point. Saying they will be “lucky to make the playoffs” is an absurd and ignorant comment. By the way, none of the ex-Rangers the Bolts have picked up are even close to being 1st liners or 1st D-pairings.

      • moarjam - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:30 PM

        Yeah mutts you kinda suck. This article isn’t even about MSL or the lightning. Did he bang your gf or something? Just let it go!

        For the record I like Tampa. They have got a nice little team now (on paper) down there but you’re getting awfully cocky putting the eastern conference champs down so much. That same team who beat Montreal pretty handily…you know the team that swept you guys round 1…

  5. bodallasss - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    I think its safe to assume St. Louis wont be back after this year. The rangers certainly wont have the cap space to re-sign him unless he takes a major discount.

    • 950003cups - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:06 PM

      Don’t underestimate the foolishness of The Slatster. Mister St Louis is currently negotiating a 5 year $30 million extension. After he’s finished tightening up the loose ends then Le Slatz will talk to Marc Staal

      • barkar942 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:19 PM

        No, you are mistaken, Cups. He is negotiating for five years
        with a team that only signs old farts, the Devils.

  6. muttbolts91 - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Don’t get me wrong I know if he wasn’t in tampa probably no cup on 04 I get that. A real man would’ve honored his contract or at least finished the current season.

    • alicesrightfootesq - Aug 3, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Yeah I didn’t have a problem with him leaving, it was the way he used some childish grudge with Yzerman to leverage a trade to NY.

  7. bsaures - Aug 3, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Looking to next year they need to resign zuccarello hagelin stepan and staal while filling out the roster with 5-7 more players for 24 million + the cap increase. Dont really see that happening one of the 4 will be gone

  8. bucfanforlife - Aug 3, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    hope he goes to Carolina to play with his brothers

    • storminator16 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:47 AM

      Because Staals + Carolina is working so well….


  9. muttbolts91 - Aug 3, 2014 at 5:14 PM

    The bolts don’t need 1st liners. Championships are won by 3rd and 4th liners(ask the kings). The rangers squad is totally different then previous years. So to assume the rangers are a lock for the playoffs is ignorant.

    • moarjam - Aug 3, 2014 at 10:18 PM

      Thats just a ridiculous statement.

      Yeah I’m sure Dean Lombardi is trying real hard to unload Carter, Gaborik, Doughty and Kopjtar so he can have a bunch of Dwight Kings and Trevor Lewis running the power play…

    • storminator16 - Aug 4, 2014 at 6:48 AM


  10. Hard to BeLeaf - Aug 3, 2014 at 11:14 PM

    If the Rangers don’t sign him, I’m sure the Hurricanes could use another Staal.

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