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from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
There has been no progress whatsoever in the contract extension talks between the Rangers and Marc Staal, The Post has learned from several informed sources.
And that essentially is because there have been no meaningful talks for weeks between management and the 27-year-old defenseman’s camp.
The Rangers are believed to be offering Staal, who can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, the same six-year, $33 million deal ($5.5M per) to which they signed Dan Girardi last year when he was a pending free agent. They don’t appear inclined to move off that number.
Staal, two years younger than Girardi, is believed seeking at least $6 million per on a six- or seven-year deal, which he certainly would be able to get on the open market if he remains healthy throughout the season.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
Look, there’s dialogue between Rangers management and Marc Staal’s representation that is constructive. And talks will continue.
That’s all good.
But even as No. 18’s agent, Paul Krepelka, told The Post on Wednesday afternoon that “we’ve made some progress,” an agreement on a contract extension for the alternate captain is by no means imminent. There remains a substantial gulf between the parties....
“I’m not giving daily updates, not getting into ‘close or not close,’ ’’ Krepelka said. “The tenor of the talks has been good, so we’ll keep going and keep working on it. There’s certainly no deadline on our part for getting this done.
“If this becomes a distraction at any time for Marc, then we’d have to take another look at it. But it’s all been positive to this point.”
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
Marc Staal remains unsigned to a long-term contract extension with NHL training camp just eight days away, but the Rangers defenseman’s agent told the Daily News on Wednesday morning that he has had substantive discussions with the club toward that end.
“We have had some productive discussions with the Rangers with the goal being to secure a long-term extension for Marc,” Paul Krepelka of The Orr Hockey Group wrote in an email to the Daily News.
The Rangers had no comment.
Staal, 27, is entering the final season of a five-year, $19.875 million contract, but he has said on multiple occasions that he would prefer to sign a new deal before the 2014-15 season begins. He watched negotiations between teammates Henrik Lundqvist and Dan Girardi and former teammate Ryan Callahan become distractions last season, and Staal doesn’t want to repeat that process.
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
The trade deadline-driven contract negotiations with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan were instructive to Marc Staal, who could be in the very same position as an impending free agent next year but sure isn’t savoring the possibility.
“I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you’re on the last year of your contract, and it’s not something I really want to go through,” Staal told The Post on Sunday following the Rangers’ buttoned-down 3-0 victory over the Red Wings at the Garden.
“You can say all you want that it’s not on your mind and it’s not a distraction, but it’s something that has to weigh on you,” No. 18 said. “I know my brother, Jordan, went through a lot of that early on in a season when he was in Pittsburgh and basically said, ‘Enough of that.’
“For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”
from Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News,
Vigneault said Staal, 26, has been in contact with Michigan-based neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Scott Kutcher, the same specialist who has treated Rangers forwards Rick Nash and Taylor Pyatt. Kutcher, though, "doesn't feel the need to see (Staal in person) at this point," the coach said.
"Marc has been diagnosed with a concussion here," Vigneault said before Staal missed a second straight game, Tuesday night's match with the visiting Nashville Predators. "We've been advised by our doctors that they don't feel it's as serious as what he might have had in the past, so he's feeling better, and we'll take it day-by-day … He got in contact with the gentleman from Detroit that we've used in the past, but he doesn't feel the need to see him at this point."
Staal took a shoulder to the chin from Devils forward Reid Boucher 6:41 into the third period of Saturday night's 4-3 overtime loss at the Garden. On Sunday, Vigneault had said Staal was having "neck issues" and experiencing "symptoms," but doctors still weren't sure at that point whether he'd been concussed.
Here is the video of the hit...
If you missed the play of Staal being hurt, you can watch it here...
via Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
After the game, one in which his team rallied from behind on Chris Kreider's game-tying goal with less than 22 seconds in regulation, Rangers coach Alain Vigneault was unable to shed much light on what happened to one of the team's top defenseman.
But what he did say is, at the very least, cause for concern.
Vigneault revealed that Staal "didn't feel quite right" after sustaining a hit from New Jersey's Reid Boucher during the third period.
"He took a shoulder to the chin there and didn't feel quite right," Viugneault said. "They're evaluating him now. We'll have an update [Sunday]."
When pressed further about whether there was concern Staal had sustained a concussion, Vigneault did not confirm.
"When you're sitting in the doctor's office and he tells you your eye probably won't come back to normal, that was a hard day. That was about a week-and-a-half after [the injury]. They told me originally that I would be all right, but once the blood started flushing out of there they started to see a little more damage. The next thing he said is, 'You're still going to play.' But you still don't know if you're going to get back to that level, and obviously that's what I have to prove. I'm anxious to do that."
-Marc Staal of the New York Rangers. More from Dan Rosen of NHL.com including a few mor hockey topics.
You have to fee bad for Marc Staal who was able to play in game 3 but mised game 4 and won't play tonight.
from Howie Kussoy of the New York Post,
Staal played 17:17, alongside Anton Stralman, and said he felt good physically and with his conditioning, while acknowledging his timing needs improvement, particularly in making his return to the faster pace of the playoffs.
Staal said his return was delayed by issues that arose with his eye last week, which have since cleared, but the game he returned to was not the game he had been seeing since he was a child.
“I could tell on the ice, it’s different,” said Staal. “You play your whole life with 20/20 vision and then you step out there and things definitely have changed. There are certain plays I saw a little different, but nothing I can’t get used to.
“You’re not used to playing, so that’s what’s constantly in your head, as to where if you don’t have it you’re just reacting, playing and your instincts just take over. I just want to get to that point as soon as possible.”
It certainly would be a boost for the Rangers if Staal does play tonight.
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
If he had to do it all over again, Marc Staal would have been wearing a visor when a shot by Philadelphia Flyers defenceman Kimmo Timonen crashed into his right eye on Mar. 5. While he was fortunate to escape a career-threatening eye injury, the New York Rangers defenceman suffered facial fractures and still does not know when he can play again because his vision is not yet fully restored.
“It was the first thing that went through my mind when I hit the ice,” Staal said Tuesday in his first public statements since the injury. “I should have been wearing a visor. But hindsight is 20/20.
Like his brothers Eric and Jordan, who play for the Carolina Hurricanes and who both were frightened into wearing visors after the youngest Staal was injured, Marc will wear a visor when he returns to the Rangers lineup. Just when that will be is not certain, although there is speculation he could be ready for the NHL playoffs at the end of the month.
added 3:52pm, Watch below as Marc Staal answers some questions from the media today...
from Larry Brooks of the New York Post,
In The department of player safety, the NHL Players’ Association has much to answer for, as does the NHL.
For last night at the Garden, when a Kimmo Timonen drive rocketed off Jakub Voracek’s blade up into the right eye of Marc Staal at 5:45 of the third period, it served as yet another reminder and another example of the insanity of not making visors a mandatory piece of equipment in the NHL.
This “personal choice” position on the issue staked out by the PA that is no more and no less a consensus of its rank and file is from another era.
Can there be anything more precious than one’s eyes; anything more critical to protect than one’s vision?
Both Evgeni Malkin and Marc Staal received 2 minutes for roughing after this scrum last night.
from Pat Leonard of the NY Daily News,
(Marc) Staal attended last week's collective bargaining sessions and was in the room Wednesday when the NHL responded to the players union's latest proposal, witnessing just how damaged the process has become.
"I don't really know how to describe it. It's a lot different of a game than hockey is," Staal said. "It's a lot of talking. It's just frustrating that they can't come to some kind of agreement. You just sit there and shake your head at how they can't come to an agreement."
Whether the NHL and union schedule more meetings this week or not, the next pivotal juncture likely will be the Dec. 5 Board of Governors meeting in New York City. There, Garden chairman James Dolan will have an opportunity to echo the sentiment of his players and hope many more of the 30 owners feel the same way – that it's time for hockey to come back.
One player made an interesting admission Saturday – while the players are fully informed on the negotiations, the union's plan for how to proceed "is not clear." Staal, meanwhile, said that while it will take both parties to resolve the conflict, it's difficult to figure out what the owners are thinking.
"You don't know what their mindset is because they don't say anything," Staal said, referring to commissioner Gary Bettman's gag order that carries the threat of million-dollar fines.
By defeating the Washington Capital 3-2 in OT, the Rangers now lead the series 3-2 and can wrap it up with a win in Washington.
The Washington Capitals must be a down team right now, only a few seconds away from a regulation win but Brad Richards scored on the pp to send the game to OT.
Then Marc Staal scored early in the OT, again on a pp for the win.
The Capitals’ Joel Ward took a double minor for high-sticking late in the 3rd period and the Rangers took full advantage of the penalty.
Watch the Richard tying goal late in the 3rd period below…
added 10:32pm, Watch the Staal OT game winner below too, Jim Hughson of HNIC with the call…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
“I have high expectations of myself under any circumstance, and I want to be able to contribute to the success of a first-place team the way I know I’m capable of doing, but it’s not quite there yet,” Staal told The Post following yesterday’s practice. “Once I got through the first handful of games without any negative consequences, I turned all my focus to my game, but it’s been choppy for me.”...
Staal is averaging 18:01 per over the 16 games he has played, but 19:11 in his past 13. That’s still a considerable drop from the 25:44 that the 25-year-old logged last year in leading the club in ice time and his lowest average since he got 18:48 per as rookie in 2007-08.
“I think I can do a better job of getting into the flow of the game at a high-intensity level on every shift,” Staal said. “I’m used to playing big minutes where I’m jumping over the boards just about every other shift, whereas now I’m on the bench a bit more, which gives me more time to think, and that’s not always good.
“But I think I’m getting more used to it and have been doing a better job dealing with it. I believe the best is in front of me.”
from Katie Strang of ESPN New York,
“Today I felt fully confident going on the ice and taking some hits. There wasn’t a doubt in my mind that that wasn’t the right thing to do with the way I was feeling,” Staal said.
Staal was encouraged that, after being jostled by teammates, he felt fine.
“I took a few bumps, my head bounced off the glass a couple times, things like that, not necessarily very hard,” Staal said. “You wait to see how you feel after that. I wasn’t planning on laying on the ice, out cold, but it was good just to start pushing guys and getting that type of conditioning into your body. “
Staal’s overall conditioning remains as the last barrier to his return.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Marc Staal has been given approval to begin light physical activity following his examination by concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu in Boston on Tuesday, an individual familiar with the case told The Post.
It remains unclear whether the Rangers’ alternate captain, who had been shut down completely for a month following a previous visit to Dr. Cantu during the week of Oct. 16, will be able to play this season.
The Rangers refused to confirm or deny the report. Moreover, The Post was told that the club will not be issuing updates on the status of Staal’s health during the recovery process from the concussion he initially sustained on a check delivered by his brother, Eric, in Carolina on Feb. 22 of last season….
Before visiting Dr. Cantu last month, Staal had undergone repeated acupuncture treatments and had taken a cortisone injection in the neck in attempts to accelerate his recovery.
While the approval to begin light activity implies that Staal was symptom-free while sedentary, there is obviously no guarantee he will remain so as he exercises.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Tonight, for the first time this season, a Staal brother will be on the Garden ice.
But it will be Eric, the concussing captain of the Hurricanes and not Marc, the concussed alternate captain of the Rangers, who has been sidelined all year in the aftermath of the unbrotherly blow he sustained in Carolina on Feb. 22 of last season.
A news blackout has been imposed regarding Marc’s condition, but The Post has learned the 24-year-old defenseman will be examined next week in Boston by concussion specialist Dr. Robert Cantu.
The examination, sources have told The Post, will follow a one-month “shutdown” period ordered by Cantu when Staal visited him during the week of Oct. 16 while the Rangers were in western Canada.
from Jeff Z. Klein of the New York Times,
Eric Staal, the Carolina Hurricanes’ captain and a winner of the Stanley Cup and an Olympic gold medal, is off to the worst start of his career, and one of the worst starts endured by any N.H.L. player this season. But he is sure that guilt is not behind it.
Staal, a center, is making his first trip to the New York metropolitan area since the Rangers disclosed that their top defenseman, Eric’s younger brother Marc, sustained a concussion when Eric checked him Feb. 22 during a game in Raleigh, N.C. It was a driving shoulder check, legal but vicious, thrown when Marc had his head down looking for a puck at his feet and was tied up with another player.
Staal did not realize whom he had leveled until after the play. Immediately after that game, Marc told Eric he was “upset” and “disappointed” at being hit like that.
Marc missed a handful of games last season, although neither he nor the Rangers revealed he had sustained a concussion. Marc’s symptoms worsened over the summer, and he has not played this season. There is no timetable for his return.
“It’s tough for him; it’s tough for me; it’s tough for everyone in the family,” Eric said Tuesday afternoon after practice at Prudential Center, where the Hurricanes later lost to the Devils, 3-2.
What is a captain? “A person who is at the head of or in authority over others; chief; leader.” What is a hockey captain? “A locker room leader, motivator; a medium between players and upper management; a primary representative of the team both on and off the ice.”
It is a unique situation this off-season that all three New York City metro area teams will be naming a new captain for the upcoming 2011-2012 season. The New York Rangers have the most candidates and are probably in the best situation with the most quality choices to choose from. So, we will start with the Rangers and then look at the Devils, who have both the easiest and hardest choices of the three, and finally we will look at the New York Islanders who have the youngest crop of candidates with the most potential.
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Wellwood on the receiving end of a hit from Marc Staal.
The intent of my trip to Raleigh for coverage of All-Star Weekend was simple: Get a feel for the experience from a professional perspective as well as monitor the pulse of the fans, chat up some players I don’t get to see all that often and also those I see on a regular basis in a different element, do some networking and, as Boss Man Paul continually reminded me to do throughout the weekend, have a little fun.
Looking back, that final component is exactly what I’ll remember most about the adventure and my guess is that most that attended All-Star Weekend – be they fans, players, media, league execs, sponsors or those belonging to some other miscellaneous category – would probably say the same thing.
Raleigh, as many others have opined before me, did a wonderful job as a host. The locals were as excited for the event as they were prepared, welcoming, happy and proud of their city, as well they should be. I’d never spent any significant time in these parts in the past but it will definitely be worth another stop in the future.
This being my first big league event, I had consulted with several people who have experienced something of this nature in the past in the weeks leading up to the trip and, while a few cautioned that an occasion of this magnitude could be slightly intimidating at times, I didn’t find that to be true at all for myself and I’m not sure many other first-timers would say otherwise. The vibe, from the moment I picked up my credentials on Friday morning, was light-hearted. At the same time, the entire operation throughout the weekend was first-class. Kudos to the NHL, the city of Raleigh and the Carolina Hurricanes for pulling everything off in fine fashion.
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Remember the stick Alex Burrows placed between the legs of Marc Staal Thursday night? Well, Burrows admits he did it but won’t do it again…
via Ben Kuzma of The White Towel,
“I thought we had good battles all night in front of the net and those things are going to happen. For sure, I’m aware of that [spear], but sometimes in the middle of a battle, you might do things you regret. But those are things I don’t do on a regular basis.
“Obviously, I did it and hopefully it won’t happen again.”
Oh yes, the league looked at the incident and decided not to do anything about it.
Watch the stick of Alexandre Burrows.
The hockey guys of Hockey Central at Sportsnet debate the Staal hit on Stajan. Blindside hit or not?
Watch the hit here if you missed it earlier.
Also, Vicki Hall of Flames Insider turned to Twitter to take a small sampling of what some hockey people thought of the hit.
No penalty on the hit.
I should have a better quality video shortly.
update 10:27pm, replaced the original video with one of better quality.
from Damien Cox of The Spin,
Now comes the news that restricted free agent Marc Staal has agreed to terms on a five-year, $19.875 million deal, one that will take him one year into unrestricted free agency before he can negotiate again.
Too much for your basic stay-at-home defenceman? A smart deal to lock up a 23-year-old core asset? A deal that should scare the heck out of the Maple Leafs, with Luke Schenn likely to be comparing himself to Staal when his contract expires in July?
With the NHL, it’s always difficult trying to compare apples and apples, let alone apples and oranges. Anaheim signs Bobby Ryan to a deal that’s roughly 25 per cent more than Staal’s, but Ryan is a 30-goal scorer with potential to score 50. There are so few of those kinds of scorers that its hard not to imagine that the price differential between the players should be greater.
Moreover, Staal had no real leverage with the Rangers. No offer sheet or a realistic expectation of one. No rival league. No arbitration rights.
But they paid up anyway, ostensibly to lock Staal up and obviously believing there’s greater upside to his game, particularly his offensive game, than has been demonstrated so far.
via Bob McKenzie tweet,
Marc Staal has agreed to terms with NYR. Five years, $3.975M per year. Done deal.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
The Rangers and Marc Staal continue to work on contract negotiations that should yield an agreement by Friday’s opening of training camp, though Paul Krepelka, the restricted free agent’s representative, said yesterday by e-mail, “No deal is done yet.”
It is believed that the Blueshirts and their 23-year-old, first-pair defenseman are working on a deal in excess of the four years for which the club owns his rights under the current CBA. Staal is coming off a three-year Entry Level contract he signed following his first-round selection at 12th overall in the 2005 Entry Draft.
from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,
Glen Sather sounded as if he and Marc Staal’s camp were nowhere close to one another in their talks of a new contract for the Ranger blueliner, so he was asked if, really, there was a wide gap between the sides.
“I wouldn’t say it’s a wide gap,” Sather said. “It’s more like a chasm.”
Does that clear it up? As free agency season approaches, it could be laying the groundwork for the sides to dig in through the summer, as happened with Brandon Dubinsky before last season (a battle that John Tortorella thought was pretty “stupid”). Staal is not eligible for arbitration and Sather is planning to use the leverage the CBA affords him, saying today that “sometimes agents don’t recognize that - leverage works both ways.” (Staal’s agent is Bobby Orr. You may have heard of him.)
“I’m not ripping anybody, I’m saying what the reality is: that’s why the CBA’s in place,” Sather said. “If a guy’s a free agent, and if doesn’t agree to a contract he can sit out until December, and then he can’t come back at all for the whole year.”
from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,
Shame on Steve Yzerman. The country was in a recession and he could’ve saved Hockey Canada some money.
After all, he really didn’t need to make three separate calls to the 807 area code in early July. One would have sufficed. Or maybe a conference call.
The three Staal boys, you see, were all together at their Thunder Bay “camps” – cottages in southern Ontario parlance – when the time came for Yzerman and his staff to start contacting those NHL players who would be invited to Team Canada’s summer orientation camp.
from Steve Zipay of Newsday,
The main difference in his game this season, Staal said, is a growing comfort level.
“I’m not the type of person who gets nervous,” said Staal, whose low-key public demeanor brightens considerably away from the media, teammates said. “Sure, in my first game and my first playoff game, but otherwise I stay loose. When the anthem starts, I focus on the game.”
Don’t consider him laid-back, though. Staal is pushing to get better “in everything, from bringing the puck up ice to getting better shots,” he said. “There’s no doubt that the more I play, I have more confidence, I’m seeing the ice better and I’m learning a lot just by watching other players. And I worked hard over the summer to get stronger.”
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,
Alexander Semin engaged in his first career fight tonight with Rangers defenseman Marc Staal, who had two small scratches under his right eye after the encounter. And for those of you who weren’t watching the game, check out the first video. Descriptions of Semin’s punches toward the end of the fight ranged from him playing the bongos to him looking like Energizer Bunny beating a drum….
go watch the video…
added 9:13am, On Frozen Blog comes up with the perfect Headline- “Alexander Semin Fights Scut Farkus”. Visit OFB to see the comparison.
Today, the NHL arranged a teleconference call for the media, speaking with the Staal brothers: Eric of the Carolina Hurricanes, Marc of the New York Rangers and Jordan of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Pittsburgh has already clinched a spot in the playoffs, and Carolina leads their division and the Rangers are sixth in the East. If all three clubs make the playoffs, the brothers would become the first set of three brothers to compete in the post-season since 1992 when and the Brotens (Aaron, Neil and Paul) and the Sutters (Brent, Rich and Ron) all competed in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Q. Marc and Jordan, I think you guys faced in each in the OHL Playoffs a few years back. I was wondering for each of you what your most vivid memory of that season was competing against each other, if there were any memorable one-on-one battles?
from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,
Marc Staal seems comfortable with flying slightly under the radar as he gets far less media attention than two of his brothers did during their NHL rookie campaigns.
Maybe having composure at a young age, 20, has something to do with his demeanour.
The New York Rangers’ defenceman was a remarkable plus-4 for goals scored at even strength when he was on the ice during his first 40 big-league games. His average ice time was 17 minutes 54 seconds. And Staal had more takeaways than giveaways, 21-13.
The player below will allow you to hear the whole conference here on KK (*or you can download the mp3 from here).
note1: written transcript of the conference will be available below the player, as soon as it becomes available. (update: now available below)
note2: photo of Eric, Marc, Jared and Jordan originally found on CBC.ca
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