In some extremely unexpected news, the New York Rangers traded Marc Staal, along with a 2021 second-round pick to the Detroit Red Wings. The Rangers received “future considerations” from Detroit in exchange for Staal. Marc Staal was the 12th overall draft pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Staal has been a defensive staple on the Rangers since 2007.
The move is very obviously a salary dump, with Detroit taking on the final year of Staal’s large contract. Staal will make 5.7 million dollars this season. The trade will likely leave the Rangers with enough cap room to re-sign Ryan Strome and Tony DeAngelo to extensions.
While the exact return is unknown, the Rangers look like they win this trade, with a salary cap room being so important right now. Due to the pandemic, teams will be forced under a flat cap, meaning the salary cap will not increase. Having an expendable cap room is important, especially when some contracts signed are with the expectation of a rising cap. Contracts signed with huge annual average values, for example, usually do not have cap implications for that reason.
For the Rangers to relieve themselves of a bad contract at a time like this is super important. It allows the Rangers to comfortably re-sign some players, and even look into the free agency market for options. With Staal’s contract gone, the Rangers will go into the offseason with at least 20 million dollars in cap space.