"...it seems clear after five years that, for better or worse, GMs are reticent to use offer sheets as weapons.
There’s been only one offer sheet to an RFA this summer (Chicago’s Niklas Hjalmarsson) and that bid (four years and $14 million, courtesy of the San Jose Sharks) was summarily matched by the Blackhawks.
Unless there’s a change in the next CBA, the only way teams will surrender a valued asset like Staal is if naked pictures of team executives are involved."
...maybe teams aren't extending an offer sheet because they know the Rangers will have to send Redden to Hartford to get Staal under the cap making the Blueshirts a significantly better team.
...in all seriousness, I hate that this has dragged on for so long, but I expect something will be done before camp opens up on September 17th.