by Patrick Hoffman on 09/15/10 at 03:08 PM ET
As reported by TSN Hockey analyst Bob McKenzie, the New York Rangers have locked up defenseman Marc Staal for the next five years at $3.975 million per year.
This was obviously the right move for the Blueshirts. Staal has been the team’s best defenseman over the past three seasons and has continued to get better each year. He’s tough, he blocks a lot of shots, he protects his goaltender and he definitely has some offesnive upside in him that has yet to be fully realized.
McKenzie also tweeted the following:
Seems fairly obvious that unless Wade Redden plays terrific in camp/pre-season, NYR will get req’d cap relief by assigning him to Hartford.
I’m sure Blueshirt fans won’t mind this as they have been clamoring for his head since he joined the Blueshirts for the 2008-09 season.
Overall, a good day for the Rangers, right?
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