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Sather: “Staal Gap a Chasm”, At Risk of Being Offer Sheeted

As per Steve Zipay, the Rangers and RFA defenseman Marc Staal are nowhere near close to a deal. In fact, it isn’t so much a wide gap as it is “a chasm”. This is not good for the Rangers. Staal’s contract will dictate what the Rangers do in this offseason. In addition to handcuffing the Rangers, Staal may also be at risk of being offer sheeted by another team. Sather did not come out and say that Staal could be offer sheeted, but it is now being speculated that he could be. If he signs an offer sheet, the Rangers would receive some compensation in terms of draft picks depending on the size of the contract offered. (For details on the size of compensation, please refer to the Understanding the Cap page.) Of course, that is pure speculation on my part, but stating the Rangers and Staal are far apart just invites offer sheets from other teams.

Also, Zipay mentioned that Sather refused to talk about Ilya Kovalchuk, fearing any sort of tampering accusation. Should the Rangers make a push for Kovalchuk, there will need to be some serious salary cap maneuvering.

18 Responses to “Sather: “Staal Gap a Chasm”, At Risk of Being Offer Sheeted”

  1. Fotiu is God says:

    Just a thought. Ray Shero has, what, three D signed. Come July 1, depending on their cap reality, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Pens make a “F**k you” statement–not unlike Isles’ GM Garth Snow made in grabbing Nino–by offering Marc Staal the chance to suit-up alongside brother Jordan.

    Please, let this be so much posturing by Staal/his agent. A la Gaborik, Cally, Dubinsky, MDZ and King Henrik, Staal is no less than a cornerstone.

  2. Dave says:

    Staal’s agent is Bobby Orr. I think this has a lot to do with Sather’s reluctance to pay RFAs.

    • jerry says:

      seriuosly its just time for sather to retire even though that wont happen its just getting old with this guy now every year a new contract dispute and middle of the pact team.i know everybody will rip me for this but i miss neil smith.

  3. brian says:

    I actually feel like the blame might be to staal here, depending on each ones asking price, because really i feel staal should not be asking for much more than 3m per unless its a very long term deal. Hes 23, does not have arb rights, and is coming off a so so year where he started mediocre and finished strong. His offensive game still has not been refined, and i really dont feel he should be asking for something like 4m per at this point

  4. Gary says:

    Staal should just go with a one year deal and after next year drury salary can be spread around along with an increase in salary cap

  5. Dave says:

    I think an arbitrator would award Staal about $4 million a year. I feel like his agent is asking for $5 million, and Sather is offering $2 million or something to that effect.

    It happened with Dubinsky too. Slats doesn’t like paying his RFAs.

    • brian says:

      yes, that may be true dave, but he does not have arbitration rights, and the whole point of having young players not receive those rights so young is that they are supposed to have less bargaining power and receive less. For this reason i think 3m per year is fair

  6. Josh says:

    I think they gotta give Staal and Girardi their money. Gotta wait on Girardi till they pay staal cause obv he deserves the bigger contract but I think staal should get 3.7-4.0 and girardi 2.5-2.7 also get some years on them maybe give staal 5 years…4.5,4,3,3,3 have a cap hit of about 3.5 they need to keep the core of their strong defense together

    on to their problems, they need….need youth and offense…

    Free agents…
    Frolov
    Wheeler
    Armstrong
    Backstrom
    Lombardi
    Ryan (I wish)
    Muller…

    One of these types are what they need keep the youth on the team…

  7. lucifer316 says:

    steve bernier signed his entry level contract in 2005
    he was born in 1985 being 20 at that signing means he would need 4 year professional experience prior to being arbitration eligible
    he signed an offer sheet in 2008 or at the end of his 3 year entry level contract he should have not been arbitration eligible with only 3 professional years

    so im not sure that you need to be arbitration eligible in order to sign and offer sheet
    i could find nothing in the cba saying that you needed to be so if anyone can point it out to me

    looking at vanek he was also 20 when he signed his entry level deal and signed an offer sheet after that deal expired

  8. jerry says:

    i just found it .if the current team extends a qualifying offer to their player they retain the negotiating rights to that player.but if they do not make offer the player becomes unrestricted free agent. if the player rejects it he still restricted.com:hockey.the only time a player is not eligable for an offer sheet is if he signs the offer sheet to negotiate with the origional team or if he files for arbitration.other than that he can be offered a offer sheet by another team.

    • Dave says:

      Yea, you’re right. I was half asleep last night, still hungover from the wedding on Friday. Regardless of arbitration, he can be offer sheeted.

  9. jerry says:

    as per about.com:hockey

  10. Mikeyyyy says:

    If staal wants to be a jerk about his salary. Then screw him. He’s notthat good. He is listed as a shut sown d man that doesn’t have enough strength to clear his own crease. Sauer or potter cAn do the same job. Mc donough mohr be able to as well. Staal is no cornerstone. If he could man the pp point maybe but not as he is now.

    • jerry says:

      ive been saying hes not worth more than 3 mil a year and girardis not worth more than 2.5 mill.according to larry brooks staals asking for 3.5 to 4 mill.which is reasonable so where are they so far apart.

      • jerry says:

        you know its just a trend with sather sign all these young guys play only a few of them and them either get them mad about not playing them or by having contract disputs and then say how we have to get younger and let guys play it makes no sence anymore ive been a ranger fan since 1979 and this is the worst ive ever seen management deal with this team and trust me there have been some bad times.