According to Larry Brooks of the New York Post, the Rangers and Marc Staal have begun talks on a contract extension.
There is no progress to note at this stage, with Staal's agent reporting that talks are amicable and ongoing - or something to that effect. The Rangers are reportedly offering a similar deal to what Dan Girardi received in January, 6 years at $5.5M, about $500K or so less than what Staal is reportedly looking for.
I have been a Rangers fan since the early 70's and the N.Y. Rangers have always been a hard working and grind it out team and Ryan Callahan was the perfect captain since Mark Messier retired. Callahan sttod for the hard working man in the stands watching their favorite NHL team give it their all and playing like the city that they represent...hard working and stick together when things get tough. Last season the Rangers organization went in another direction by trading Captain Callahan to Tampa for Martin St. Louis to take the Rangers in a fast moving skilled direction. I loved the ride to the Finals and the storybook playoffs last season but didn't go to a game as I had a personal protest of the Callahan trade.
I was lucky enough this past week to be in the Tampa area and met up with a friend that works for the Lightning organization and was lucky to be treated in a 1st class manner by Rod Harris and the Lightning organization. The atmosphere of the Tampa Lightning Amalie Arena is an experience that anyone that can make it to a game there, it is a must!!!! I was able to see Captain Cally play again and actually was named 1st star of the game! Brian Boyle keeps playing his role like he did on the Rangers and Anton Stralman has become a 1st pair defenseman (with Victor Hedman out with an injury) and they all looked solid as usual. The area outside the arena had a D.J. playing, huge T.V. showing sports on a parink garage a few levels high, etc.....it was going to an "event" for the community instead of just going to a hockey game. Inside the arena it was a friendly atmosphere by all the workers and during any break on the ice, there was a salute to a member of service, someone doing great things in the community, or a D.J. getting the crowd going. I look forward to going to many more games at the Amalie Arena whenever in town. The Rangers play there this Wed. and I wish I could have stayed to watch. I can see how teams can easily be distracted when they hit the road and go to the Tampa area. Now that I have seen Captain Cally playing for another jersey with my own eyes live, I now can hope enjoy watching him and root for him except when he plays the Rangers. The Tampa Lightning play like the Rangers last year and will be a Cup contender this season.
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 3:16:15 PM - October 29, 2014
The NHL announced today that John Moore has been suspended for five games, meaning he'll be eligible to return to the line-up November 11th against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Moore's hit cost him a Match Penalty in Monday Night's 5-4 win over the Minnesota Wild, and lead to an autormatic review more
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 1:00:31 PM - October 21, 2014
Defenseman Dan Girardi has declared himself "good to go" for tonight's Metropolitan Division clash with the New Jersey Devils. The Rangers are 1-3-0 against the Eastern Conference so far this season, and are 1-1-0 against teams in their own Division. The solitary win coming from last Thursday's 2-1 shootout victory over the injury-depleted Hurricanes more
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 3:26:12 PM - October 17, 2014
Right Winger Rick Nash is off to a fast start, with six goals and a game deciding goal in the shootout in his first five games. Could he finally be delivering the type of offense that the Rangers expected when they acquired him back in the summer of 2013?
Going back to last year, Nash played just three games before being side lined by a concussion. The injury seemingly held him back a bit, but he still took just twelve games to reach the six goal mark. In his first season on Broadway, it actually took him seventeen games to reach six goals more
Posted by Toby Ivey ≡ 2:53:05 PM - October 17, 2014
Hey, it was a win right? The losing streak is dead, long live the winning streak! Still, it's hard to take much positive out of the Rangers' 2-1 shootout victory against an undermanned Carolina Hurricanes last night. It could have been worse if a double deflection off of a Dan Girardi hadn't beaten Anton Khudobin midway through the third and final period. In fact, when Henrik Lundqvist stopped Ryan Murphy to make a lone shootout goal by Rick Nash stand up, there was probably more a sign of a relief than anything amongst the Blueshirt faithful more
Posted by Michael M. Ramos ≡ 9:46:28 AM - October 10, 2014
The Rangers matched the intense level of the St. Louis Blues in the Rangers opener last night and ended up winning 3-2 on an outstanding night by the Rangers new #1 line of Rick Nash-Martin St. Louis--Chris Kreider and of course outstanding goaltending from Henrik Lundqvist. Although the two points were nice, the Rangers lost top 4 defenseman Dan Boyle to a broken hand which will keep him out 4-6 weeks and since he is an older player, probably closer to the 6 week period. The game needed the Rangers to be at top form just to compete with the powerful St. Louis team, and the Rangers matched them in every step while missing Derek Stepan for at least the first 10 games of the season with his leg injury more