The Rangers will have Marc Staal and John Tortorella meet the assembled media today at the MSG training facility, as a pre-camp press get-together.
Yours truly will be in the car returning from a vacation (fooled you this week, didn’t I?) and unable to attend. So if youse want to scour the other blogs and post in the comments what Staal and Torts had to say, go ahead. Please remember to attribute your info to the author who provided it.
I will try to find some other sources of info when I get back to Blog HQ.
Thanks to Sean Mayer for so ably jumping into the fray yesterday. And I’d say that even if he wasn’t my boss. (Probably).
As for the Staal contract, I think it’s pretty darn good for the Rangers. He doesn’t get to the serious money until the fourth and fifth years, and by then Drury (and Rozsival) will have joined Redden in the gonzo category—though it’s possible the Captain will stick around for less money. The cap is anbody’s guess by then, but to pay Staal a bit over $5M in exchange for what would have been a year of unrestricted free agency, is a bargain. Plus, if he truly develops into an elite first-pair D-man, that will be a bargain, regardless of what he cap is by then.
Good job by Glen Sather and Staal’s agent, Paul Krepelka, for getting it done. And getting it done before camp.
While still on vacation, my plan is to stop into the first day of camp tomorrow just to blog some stuff. I won’t be there every day, but hope to stop in fairly regularly.
Twenty-four days until Opening Night.
24: Willie Mays, Rickey Henderson, Barry Bonds.
24: Nicklas Sundstrom.