Thursday, August 26, 2010

Will Hornqvist Deal Lead to Staal Signing?

Jesse Spector at The Blueshirts Blog wonders if the recent Predators signing of Patric Hornqvist to a three-year, $9.25 million contract will give the Rangers and Marc Staal a jumping off point in contract negotiations...

Here are the similarities Spector mentions between Staal and Hornqvist...

• Hornqvist is 12 days older than Staal.
• Both were drafted in 2005 - Staal in the first round out of the Ontario Hockey League, Hornqvist in the seventh out of Sweden.
• Despite the disparity in their draft slots, their entry contracts were quite similar - Staal’s three-year pact was worth $2.48 million, while Hornqvist made $2.14 million over the past three seasons.

...i don't care what the similarities are. Let's get this done already.

...unfortunately for Staal he has no leverage right now. He must be dying for a team to send him an offer sheet.

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6 comments:

Chris said...

unfortunately that would have him making less per year than Girardi... which I cant imagine him going for... even if its actually a realistic deal.

KCinMN said...

Took Staalsy too long to find his game last year. Hopefully they come to agreement soon so he doesn't miss training camp. No excuses this year. He needs to know his role and be comfortable with it from the get-go.

Andy said...
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Gary said...

I wish these two sides would just agree at a 3.5-4.25/year contract. it seems like his agent is holding everything up, as every report seems to say the asking price is too high. The rangers are playing it smart, though. As the preseason nears, marcs number should drop in what he's willing to settle for. Its sad it has to resort to that though

icycup said...

3.5-4.25mil a year for staal is INSANE.

Gary said...

Icycup,
Staal is a franchise player and shutdown defenseman. Girardi got what? Four years at 3.25 per. How is giving staal a quarter of a million more than that insane?
What fantasy world are you living in?