Saturday, July 31, 2010

Rangers, Staal Still Far Apart

Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants says this about the contract negotiations between the Rangers and Marc Staal...

"From what I gathered yesterday, the sides are still far apart. This is also not a negotiation that will be playing out in public so, one day, Marc Staal will be signed. As I mentioned in my last blog post, John Tortorella is not looking to have Staal in training camp if the restricted free agent defenseman is not signed but Tortorella is “optimistic” a deal will be reached."

...how far apart can the sides be. I hope Staal doesn't think he's a $5 million a year player. Because he's not. And the Rangers better not be offering the same amount as Girardi as he is worth more. $4.5 million for four years. Lock it up.

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7 comments :

ry-man said...

this deal should have been the number one priority when free agency started. its kinda annoying that this hasn't been done.

Dan W said...

This is getting stupid

Chris said...

The problem isn't the money ... it's the years. The Rangers are going to want 2 years of Staal's free agency (age 27) period. Staal on the other hand isn't going to want to give up any

theking said...

Stall has been a little disappointment in my eyes. According to all the reports when he was drafted he was supposed to be a very offensive defenseman. Instead we got this guy who is a big wuss. He is scared to hit and scared to rush the puck. He has the skill to take rush it but he seems so nervous. So he wants 5 mil for what?? Because he contain a puck carrier and stop him with a poke check. Yes he is right now one of our best defenseman but I just dont see anything special in him. He wants to much for being an average defenseman and I think thats the hold up. The Rangers are telling him the truth and that is you are not that special Marc. It sucks for him because the Rangers I think are done overpaying.

Patrick said...

Ok I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here for a minute:

If we don't pick up Staal? Does that mean all deals are off? Redden's back in? Isn't there a middle-ground here?

Staal is a great guy and it's been fun to watch him grow into a very capable defenseman, but a bad contract is a bad contract and if he's just using the Rangers' deep pockets to score offer sheets from other teams, he's not thinking about the future of this team. For $5 mil a year, we can put that money to better use. Maybe not this season, but if we're looking towards the future then we're looking to have less, not more, high dollar-low equity players.

If we can't get Staal for a fair deal, we need to pick up a journeyman, lean on our rookies a bit more (like what we did with Staal) and stop burning money.

icycup said...

i could go either way on staal. i think hes kinda overrated. shut down Dman? not really. offensive Dman? not really. i think he has confidence problems and has questions as to his role on the team. sign him, but not for more than hes worth. i think giraradi got overpaid so i hope thats not used as a measuring stick. if theres an offer sheet and we get some kids from him, i say ok. hes overrated.

Rick said...

I like Staal, he has decent skills in the back end to make a #2 or #3 dman. I don't consider him a #1 mainly because he does everything well but nothing exceptionally well. At 5M he will be overpaid, at 3.5-4M he still needs to learn and excel in certain aspects of the game to garner 5M.