First and foremost, I would want it to be our 2011 for their 2012.
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At first I didn't really think Staal was a Top-20 D-man, but going through a list I could only come up with maybe 15 that are I think are definitely better than him. Then there are others like Letang, Byfuglien, Seabrook, JJ etc who could be debated.
He's one of the most positionally sound d-men in the NHL. His game isn't the big hit.
No and it doesn't have to be his whole game, but he has to throw his weight around more than he does. He's wasting alot of size and strength. If Staal were just a little more physical and a little more involved in the offense he'd be near the top. He has the ability too. I just think Staal needs to take more risks. Step up for the big hit and go for the net more often. He could easily register 10-12 goals and rattle alot more bones. That would put him up where some people here are saying he is.
I'm a Blues fan and our most pressing need is a top LH d-man. I'm semi-familiar with Staal (but not super) and I think he MIGHT look amazing next to Pietrangelo.
Since I really have no idea, I am curious as to what Rangers fans might want from the Blues in exchange for Staal? I'm not here to start fights or argue with anyone; I'm genuinely curious as to what kind of return NYR might expect for Staal.
Thanks for help!
Like Everyone else has stated... More than he is worth. The Rangers are looking up and he's an intergral part of their 'rebuild.' We would need a solid blue-liner, a bonafide top 6 and prob a couple picks.
There's 13 defensemen right there that overall are better than Marc Staal, and I probably missed a couple.
Staal is easily better then Kronwall, Bieksa and Seabrook. Probably Letang as well, the guy is soooo overrated. Bieksa is having a good playoff run lol, nothing more. Put Staal with a team that actually plays a system (i think that's what the term's called right? "Sacrifice your body" isn't a system) and his offense numbers would improve drastically. Pair him with Duncan Keith, like Seabrook has the privilege of, and they would form the best D pair in the NHL.
Not to mention the only player younger then Staal (Letang and Yandle might be a few months, but I'm too lazy to check, I know they're all 2005) on this list is Doughty. When Lidstrom, Boyle, Pronger and Chara start losing a step Staal will solidify himself even further into that top 10.
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The only player the Rangers should trade Staal for is Andrew MacDonald. He's the best. Just ask Isles fans
On a serious note though, the Rangers aren't moving Staal. Period. And if they did it would have to start with Stewart and Backes, with a pick. Overpayment, sure, but you have to overpay to get a top 10 defenseman.
And Hamonic, he's at least 4 times better then Staal.
All I'm saying is 99 out of 100 Rangers fans overate Staal. C'mon now people are asking for Backes and Stewart here.
Maybe straight up, nevermind both of them.
I'd do Staal for Backes straight up and if I were the Blues I wouldn't even do Stewart for Staal straight up.
That's mostly because Staal is untradeable right now. He's one of the most experienced Rangers defenseman with a very manageable contract for the next 4 seasons. It would take massive overpayment to get him because the Rangers defense looks very bad without him.