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.