Our friends Andrew Gross and Steve Zipay are reporting that there have been talks between Marc Staal’s agent and the Rangers, and that there may have been progress made.
I will be surprised if he’s in camp when it opens next Friday. These things usually need some leverage to shift, or some immediacy to arise, in order to be resolved.
I could be wrong. Maybe they’ve closed the “chasm” that Glen Sather said existed back in June and it’s nothing a little negotiating can’t finish off.
But more often than not, it goes past midnight (which in this case is the first day of camp) before a settlement. Certainly, the Rangers want him in ASAP, but it’s not absolutely necessary that he’s there for every workout and all of the preseason games. And certainly Staal wants to be in camp ASAP, but it won’t hurt him much to miss some of it.
So we’ll see. Stay tuned.