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Marc Staal | Defenseman

Team: New York Rangers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/13/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 207
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Marc Staal has one year left on his current contract.
He would like to get something worked out this summer, but added that it wouldn't be a big deal if it didn't happen. Staal appeared in 72 games during the 2013-14 campaign after he was limited to 21 during the lockout-shortened season and 46 outings the year before. Jun 16 - 1:24 PM

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Coach Alain Vigneault has been impressed by Marc Staal.

"I think he's a guy this year that has improved throughout the year," Vigneault said. "We always knew he was a good defender and he's still one of the best defenders in the league in my opinion but he's also, this year, he's improved his puck decisions." He's played well on a pairing with Anton Stralman. Staal has two points and a plus-7 rating in eight games during this playoffs.
Source: ESPN.com
May 3 - 6:33 PM

All the pregame attention in the New York media went to defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, who were assigned to bottle up Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Game 1 of the Penguins-Rangers second-round playoff series, won 3-2 by New York in overtime.

But Marc Staal wound up as the stalwart of the blue line, playing a team-high 26:03 that included 4:41 shorthanded to keep the Penguins scoreless on four power plays. "The way he keeps the game so simple is something we talk about every time," Benoit Pouliot said. "Get that big block or make that pass, he's always going to be in position to help us out. Sometimes you don't recognize it, but we do." Coach Alain Vigneault also praised Staal. "He's got one of the best sticks in the league; he did a good job gapping up. Him and Strallsy [Anton Stralman] have found a way to complement each other."
Source: Newsday
May 3 - 10:25 AM

Marc Staal opened the scoring on Sunday with his first goal in the playoffs.

Staal now has two points in five games. He was also a plus-two in the game to increase his total to plus-six in the series which is third best in the NHL thus far.
Apr 28 - 7:30 AM

Marc Staal is a series leading plus-four in the playoffs.

The Flyers Claude Giroux is right behind him in the New York-Philadelphia series at plus-three. Offensively it has been another story as Staal has only one assist in four games.
Apr 27 - 8:33 AM

Marc Staal looked to be all right after the game on Saturday as he took a big hit from Chris Neil of the Senators.

Staal was smashed into the boards by Neil late in the third period and was pretty upset after the game as the referee gave Staal the double-minor for roughing. "I think it's a brutal call," goaltender Henrik Lundqvist said. "There's probably a couple of different calls on that hit. It's a late hit and too many strides." Staal has only three goals and 14 points in 69 games this season as he has no fantasy value in pools.
Apr 6 - 7:37 AM

Marc Staal does not want the contract distractions he saw happen with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan to happen to him next season.

Staal has one more season left on his contract but found it distracting to play with all the rumors swirling around Girardi and Callahan. "I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you're on the last year of your contract, and it's not something I really want to go through," Staal said. "For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That's the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done." Stay tuned.
Source: NY Post
Mar 10 - 8:31 AM

Marc Staal (back) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Barring a setback, Staal will be good to go on Thursday. He missed a few practices due to back spasms.
Feb 27 - 10:31 AM

Marc Staal (back) skated on Tuesday after missing three straight practices.

Staal isn't ready to declare himself ready for Thursday's game. He first wants to see how he does in Wednesday's full practice.
Feb 25 - 12:34 PM

Marc Staal has missed three straight practices due to back spasms.

Staal remains day-to-day and questionable for Thursday's contest. He has three goals and 11 points in 49 games this season.
Feb 25 - 9:56 AM

The New York Rangers could be without defenseman Marc Staal when they return to action league action against the Chicago Blackhawks next Thursday night.

Staal missed his second straight practice with the spasms. The Rangers are hoping that he is ready for Thursday's game as he is considered day-to-day. Staal has not had a good fantasy season with only three goals and 11 points with 12 penalty minutes in 49 games.
Feb 22 - 10:09 AM

Marc Staal played on Tuesday after his wife gave birth to their first child earlier that morning.

Staal missed the morning skate as a result, but still ended up with a plus-three rating in 21:25 minutes of ice time in the Rangers' 5-1 win over Colorado. We would like to congratulate Staal and his growing family.
Feb 5 - 9:51 AM

Marc Staal had a huge fantasy game as the defenseman had a goal, an assist and a plus-four rating.

Staal has struggled this season as he has only three goals and eight points with a minus-five rating after picking up 11 points in 21 games in an injury-filled 2012-13 season. He has no fantasy value.
Source: NHL.com
Jan 27 - 7:24 AM

The New York Rangers have killed off 12 of their opponents’ last 15 power plays over the past seven games.

They enter today’s game at the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa with their penalty kill ranked ninth in the NHL, having allowed 23 goals on 144 chances (84.0 percent). "A lot of time, you shut down the opponent’s power play it gives you an opportunity to win the game," defenseman Marc Staal said. "So we know if we give up one, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get it back. We don’t like giving them up." Staal, center Dominic Moore, captain Ryan Callahan, defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Anton Stralman and left wings Brian Boyle and Carl Hagelin form the core of the Rangers’ penalty kill stalwarts.
Jan 18 - 10:18 AM

Marc Staal doesn't want to think about the possibility that he might be more likely than most to get head injuries.

"You really can't," Staal said. "You play better when you think less. Just react when you get out on the ice and do what comes naturally to you." Staal has unfortunately suffered multiple concussions, including the one he'll be returning from on Tuesday.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 09:47:00 AM

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PosRoleName
C1Derek Stepan
2Derick Brassard
3Dominic Moore
4Chris Mueller
LW1Chris Kreider
2Carl Hagelin
3J.T. Miller
4Tanner Glass
5Matthew Lombardi
6Nick Tarnasky
7Chris Bourque
RW1Martin St. Louis
2Mats Zuccarello
3Rick Nash
4Lee Stempniak
5Jesper Fast
D1Ryan McDonagh
2Daniel Girardi
3Dan Boyle
4Marc Staal
5Kevin Klein
6John Moore
7Matt Hunwick
8Mike Kostka
G1Henrik Lundqvist
2Cameron Talbot