Staal Brothers Unite With Rangers
Former Carolina Hurricanes captain, Eric Staal will leave brother Jordan for Marc in New York. The Rangers completed a trade Sunday acquiring the four-time All-Star from Carolina for two second-round picks each of the next two seasons along with Finnish rookie Aleksi Saarela. Waiving his no-move clause to accept the deal, Staal leaves the team where he spent his entire 12-year career, winning a Stanley Cup in 2006.
Staal now joins his brother Marc in New York as the Rangers look to secure depth in their top-nine to solidify their offense and make a run at the Stanley Cup as GM Jeff Gorton stated.
"We felt like he was one of the best, if not the best, player available on the market to give us what we're looking for in our top nine," Gorton said. "And that's why we made the move."
With the Hurricanes eating a portion of Staal's salary, the Rangers still have the option to make another move on Monday before the deadline by maybe adding a third or fourth line player. Staal will wear his #12 in his first game with the Rangers on Monday against the Columbus Blue Jackets.