5 years at $3.975 million per year. Not only did the Rangers manage to keep the pricetag below $5 million, but they also signed him for longer than many expected. Staal is a cornerstone of this team and will one day soon come into his own and be the player we're all patiently waiting for. This is a great day for the Rangers; and with this signing, they now have $2.3 million of space left under the summer cap. Meaning that a trade or a waive after training camp (cough cough, Redden couch) is imminent and necessary.
The Rangers now have over 10 defenseman coming to camp on Friday. With veterans Exelby, Eminger and Semenov, comes three solid players that are all more capable in their own end than Wade. Wade Redden and his massive contract is almost undoubtedly a gonner at this point. Unless Redden has a better training camp than Roszival (similar contract numbers), I can't see Sather throwing that much money away (even though this is Sather were talking about). It's all too clear that his on-ice talent does not translate to his off-ice paycheck; and I say "good riddance"!
Somehow in a way I feel sad to see him go; I used to put him on my NHL EA Sports fantasy teams, and was excited when the NYR first brought him over. But, in the words of Bob Dylan "times they are a changing". Marc Staal is a Ranger for a few more years, and hopefully we never have to see Wade Redden wearing a Rangers jersey ever again.
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