Marc Staal moved into a shocking profession
The Rangers are working hard to free up space for the ceilings here. It is very possible that this is an exchange for the purpose of redemption. Perhaps this is why Staal has agreed to waive its non-transfer clause. This is further motivated by the fact that the Rangers also included a 2nd round pick. It does not appear that the salary was withheld, which further motivated the idea of buyout.
More details to follow.
Update: Detroit is not buying Staal. He’s on the list.
“Marc Staal has been a hockey player, teammate and exemplary person since joining the New York Rangers,” said Rangers Chairman and Acting Governor John Davidson. “An accomplished professional, Marc’s perseverance and dedication to the game have made him an integral part of our organization. Marc, his wife Lindsay and his children Anna, Emily and Jack will always be part of the Rangers family, and we wish them the best for the future.
“I want to thank Marc for everything he has given the New York Rangers in his 13 seasons with the team,” said Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton. “The success we’ve had throughout Marc’s tenure, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, wouldn’t have been possible without his tireless efforts on and off the ice. The respect we have for Marc is immeasurable and we wish him and his family the best.