Back in March, when the Hurricanes came up to NY with both Eric and Jordan Staal on the same team, Eric told the NY Times that it would be a dream come true if Marc Staal was able to play in Carolina with his brothers.
Eric though downplayed the likelihood of it happening by saying that Marc loves being a Ranger and wants to win a Stanley Cup with the team.
Eric added though that the team would welcome Marc to Carolina with “open arms.”
After the Hurricanes called up Jared Staal on Thursday to play against the Rangers, Elliotte Friedman wrote at CBC that the Rangers may be wondering if they only have two more years left with Marc Staal and that when his contract is up he will go to Carolina.
Staal is a free agent following the 2014-15 season.
Adam Rotter: This doesn’t become an issue until after next season. After next season the Rangers will be able to engage Marc in talks for a contract extension the same way that the Penguins tried to sign Jordan this past summer. If Marc rebuffs the Rangers offer and has his sights set on Carolina, the Rangers will trade him there. The Penguins received Brandon Sutter, the eighth overall pick last year and 2009 second round pick Brian Dumoulin for Jordan. That would essentially be the model the Rangers would use if they were going to trade Marc; a young NHLer to replace Marc, a first round pick and a prospect. It would be hard to see the Rangers trade Staal, but even harder to think they would let him go in free agency.