A lot of people prefer to not remember Eric Staal‘s tenure in Manhattan. However, he is a former Ranger technically. He did play for the Rangers as much as some people would like to wipe that memory from the face of the earth, it happened. At 38, Eric Staal is one of the oldest players left in the Stanley Cup playoffs. This could very much be the last time we see Eric Staal in the National Hockey League.
There are some that believe this man’s future involves a trip to the Hockey Hall of Fame. While I think there is a debate to be had about that, it was not for his time as a Ranger. In fact, it was for his time as the face of the Carolina Hurricanes franchise so he and Marc will be going up against a Carolina team that made Eric and is currently captained by brother Jordan. It’s a whole family reunion.
Anyway, during his time as a Ranger, Eric Staal was underwhelming at best. Twenty regular season games saw him put up just three goals and three assists for six points. But that isn’t what he was brought in for. So what did he do in the postseason? Five playoff games, no contributions. Not one of the better additions to the New York Rangers for a playoff push it must be said and it saw Eric leave in free agency to go to Minnesota.
While Eric is not remembered here as fondly as brother Marc, he was still one of the players to put on the iconic sweater of the New York Rangers. If he wins the Stanley Cup, it will be another former Rangers’ turn to take a spin with Lord Stanley as we await the next Stanley Cup Championship for the team on Broadway. We know there will be former Rangers in the final regardless.