Finally! Rangers, Staal Agree To Terms

It’s been 77 days since July 1st, but finally the day we’ve all been waiting for has arrived.

Earlier today, the New York Rangers and Marc Staal agreed to a 5-year deal.
According to ESPN, a source close with the deal says the contract is worth $19.875 million. A breakdown of the deal is as follows:

$3.1 million this 2010-2011 season; $3.675 million in 2011-12; $3.775 million in 2012-13; $3.875 million in 2013-14; and $5.45 million in the final year.
The annual salary cap hit will be $3.975 million, and the contract does not contain a no-trade or no-move clause.

Staal played all 82 games last year scoring 4 goals and amassing 27 points. Clearly not an offensive weapon, Marc is known as a shut down defender, a position greatly needed on the Rangers’ blue line. Last season lead the team in ice-time, averaging 23:07 minutes per game and even surmounting the 30 minute mark twice. Staal also was tied for third on the team in blocked shots with 97.

This was a crucial signing and certainly spells the end for Wade Redden.

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