Hey, Boneheads. Sports editor Sean Mayer here with some excellent news to report for Rangers fans:
Here’s the brief from The Associated Press:
NEW YORK — The Rangers have agreed to terms with Marc Staal on a multiyear contract, assuring that the young defenseman will be at training camp when it opens Friday.
Staal, a restricted free agent, could have drawn interest in the form of an offer sheet from other teams but instead reached a deal to stay in New York, the team announced Wednesday.
While playing in each of the Rangers’ 82 games last season, the 23-year-old Staal had eight goals and 19 assists — both career highs — and a plus-11 rating. He has played in 202 consecutive games, including the playoffs, dating to Feb, 19, 2008.
Staal has 13 goals and 39 assists in 244 NHL games in three seasons with the Rangers. He led New York last season with an average of 23 minutes, 7 seconds of ice time per game, and twice logged at least 30 minutes.
According to ESPN.com, Staal will receive a shade under $20 million over five years.
Keep an eye out for Carp’s column — on the Rangers as they prepare for training camp — in Thursday’s edition of The Journal News and on LoHud.com.