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Ansar Khan tweets,

Marc Staal on new teammate Alex Nedeljkovic: “Jordan (his brother) spoke very highly of him. He plays the puck extremely well, so I love that part of it. Probably take a few less hits with him handling the puck back there. He’s a competitive guy.”

Staal on NTC with one-year deal: “Not that I would say no to an opportunity (to be traded), but with a young family you never know what’s going to be the situation that time of year. To be able to control a little bit at the deadline was important.”

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/26/21 at 02:22 PM ET

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It’s fair for a veteran signing essentially a market rate 1 year deal on a rebuilding club before free agency to demand a NTC to sign.

But it also would have been fair to acquire a better d-man that could have been more easily moved by throwing out more of the excess cap space on a 1 year deal.

I hope this deal isn’t 1 year too long for hanging onto Staal. I just think too many here think Seider can come in and lock down that 2nd pairing RHD position because Staal would be the other d-man on the pair.

...but hey gotta fight for Wright somehow.

Posted by d ca on 07/26/21 at 03:49 PM ET

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from Kevin Allen of Detroit Hockey Now,

The Red Wings are hoping that their gradual improvement will inspire other free agents moving forward to want to play in Detroit. Staal’s post-signing press conference should help. It was as if Staal was filming a Red Wings commercial as he explained why he wanted to stay in Detroit.

“I was being honest when I told (the media) at the end of the year and during the year, I really enjoyed myself,” Staal said. “The organization, the team, the way we were playing, what’s been going on there, it’s fun to be a part of. You never know what you’re going to get when you get to free agency. ”

General manager Steve Yzerman wants the Red Wings to continue to show a higher degree of competitiveness, and they believe Staal helps in that regard. His competitive nature was noticeable in every game last season and the coaching staff appreciated his willingness to mentor the younger players.

Staal is bullish on the moves Yzerman has made to upgrade, like acquiring puck-moving defenseman Nick Leddy and 25-year-old goaltender Alex Nedejkovic.

“I played against Leddy for a lot of years in New York,” Staal said. “He’s an incredibly skilled player, the guy can fly, controls the puck really well. Super-excited to be able to play with him and not against him.”


Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 07/26/21 at 05:22 PM ET

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