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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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While Eric Staal thinks highly of the New York Rangers, he's looking to play a bigger role than he got with the team.
The Rangers acquired him to bolster their chances in the 2016 playoffs and obviously that didn't work out. That said, Staal logged just 16:15 minutes per game in the regular season with the Rangers and averaged 16:05 minutes in the playoffs. Staal accepted that role because he didn't want to "ruffle feathers," but he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and expects to play a bigger role with whichever team signs him. Staal might still re-sign with the Rangers, but given that he didn't work out as a rental, it seems unlikely that the two sides will be able to see eye-to-eye on a long-term contract. Apr 27 - 10:30 AM

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Eric Staal was a minus-seven and failed to get a point in the five game series against the Penguins.

That was not what the Rangers were looking for when they dealt for the former captain of the Hurricanes just before the trade deadline but that's what they got. It's hard to believe there will be interest on the Rangers side to give Staal a long-term deal so expect him to hit free agency on July 1.
Apr 24 - 9:00 AM

Including the playoffs, Eric Staal had six points in 25 games with the Rangers.

That’s not really what the Rangers were looking for when they parted with two second-round picks and a prospect to acquire him. Staal had three of his 13 goals with the Rangers. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him reveal he was playing through an injury. While he remains an effective player, he is not the point producer he once was. It will be interesting to see what he gets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Staal was on a seven-year deal with an $8.2 million cap hit.
Apr 23 - 8:06 PM

Eric Staal has yet to be on the ice when the Rangers have scored in the playoffs.

While Staal has not done it offensively, he has been on the ice for eight Pittsburgh goals, albeit with two on the power play. Nevertheless, the Rangers did not acquire him for his lack of scoring so he better snap out of it quickly if the New Yorkers hope to make a series out of it with the Penguins. Staal is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and this performance will not help in getting him the contract he wants with anyone.
Source: NY Post
Apr 23 - 7:08 AM

Eric Staal and the New York Rangers were shut out 5-0 by the Penguins in Game 4 on Thursday night.

Staal is now scoreless in all four playoff games this season with a minus-six rating. The Rangers will need a whole lot more from their prized trade deadline acquisition if they hope to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.
Apr 21 - 10:22 PM

Eric Staal (upper body) participated in Monday's practice.

He is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs on Wednesday night at Pittsburgh. Staal has recorded just three goals and three assists in 20 games since joining the Rangers from Carolina.
Apr 11 - 1:53 PM

Eric Staal expected to be 'fine' for playoffs, according to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Staal was apparently withheld from the remainder of Saturday's match as a "precaution", which is more than plausible. Expect the veteran Staal to shine in the playoffs.
Apr 9 - 3:21 PM

Eric Staal left Saturday's match with Detroit late in the second period, the Rangers are calling it an upper body injury.

While on all fours by the face-off dot, Staal was bumped by Jesper Fast a la PK Subban's injury. Staal was eventually helped off the ice after staying down for several minutes. He left the game without marking the stat sheet, ending his regular season stint with the Rangers at six points and 19 hits in 19 games. See the link below for a gif of the play.
Apr 9 - 2:38 PM

Eric Staal knows that Thursday's game at Carolina will be emotional.

"Yeah," Staal said. "I guess there are certain things that happen as a player, you don't really know how you'll react. You don't know what the emotions will be until you experience it. What specific emotion I'll be experiencing, I'm not really sure." He played in 909 games with the Hurricanes prior to joining the Rangers.
Mar 29 - 4:20 PM

Eric Staal scored two goals in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Staal opened the scoring at the 4:19 mark of the opening period when he used one hand to deflect a Kevin Hayes pass by Pens goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. He restored New York's lead with his goal in the second period. The 31-year-old has 13 goals and 38 points in 77 games this season. These were his second and third goals as a member of the Rangers.
Mar 27 - 10:46 PM

Eric Staal played left wing on Saturday.

Coach Alain Vigneault moved Staal from center as he attempted to get Kevin Hayes going by putting back in the middle. While Staal has not been scoring as a Ranger with only one goal and three points in 13 games, the Rangers have been using him to kill penalties, something he hadn't done in his last two seasons with the Hurricanes. Staal is contributing to the Rangers, just not to his fantasy owners.
Mar 27 - 9:57 AM

Eric Staal has only one goal and two assists since his trade to New York Rangers.

Rangers head coach Alain Vigneault is taking the blame for Staal's slow start as a New York Ranger. "I haven’t put him in ideal situations — it’s my fault." Since Staal has been with the Rangers, he has played with five different sets of wingers and hasn't found much chemistry with a specific line combination. "I’ve been moving personnel around trying to find the right chemistry with the lines." To make room for Rick Nash's return Vigneault broke up a line featuring Viktor Staberg, Eric Staal and Oscar Lindberg, which had been together for three games. It is only a matter of time before Staal's point production will increase.
Source: NY Post
Mar 23 - 10:17 AM

Eric Staal practiced on Friday with Rick Nash and Viktor Stalberg.

The trio should play together Saturday as this will be Nash's first game in 21 while Staal was picked up a couple of weeks ago in a trade with Carolina. Derick Brassard is likely to miss Saturday's game with the flu so Kevin Hayes centered Chris Kreider and Jesper Fast. Adjust your lineups accordingly.
Mar 12 - 8:22 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal and an assist in Sunday's 6-4 loss to the New York Islanders.

Staal collected his first point and goal as a Ranger exactly one week after New York acquired him from Carolina. Staal set up Oscar Lindberg's goal at the 11:16 mark of the first period. He scored a goal of his own just over two minutes later. The 31-year-old has 11 goals and 35 points in 67 games this season.
Mar 6 - 8:14 PM

Eric Staal has yet to garner a point in three games as a New York Ranger.

Staal has only 10 goals and 33 points in 66 games this season. He has had success against Sunday's opponent, the New York Islanders as he has 22 goals and 42 points in 44 career games. This could be his breakout game for the Rangers.
Source: Newsday
Mar 6 - 9:22 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Derick Brassard
2Eric Staal
3Derek Stepan
4Oscar Lindberg
5Dominic Moore
LW1Rick Nash
2Chris Kreider
3J.T. Miller
4Daniel Paille
5Tanner Glass
6Marek Hrivik
RW1Mats Zuccarello
2Kevin Hayes
3Nicklas Jensen
4Viktor Stalberg
5Jesper Fast
6Chris Brown
7Jayson Megna
8Pavel Buchnevich
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Keith Yandle
3Dan Girardi
4Marc Staal
5Dan Boyle
6Kevin Klein
7Raphael Diaz
8Dylan McIlrath
9Mat Bodie
10Ryan Graves
11Brady Skjei
12Chris Summers
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Antti Raanta
3Magnus Hellberg