Per Bob McKenzie, the Rangers and Hurricanes are hard at negotiations for Eric Staal, but the breaking point for both teams seems to be the inclusion of a first round pick. The Rangers refuse to give one up –likely in 2017, as Arizona owns their 2016 pick– while the Canes are adamant about including one.
It’s good that the Rangers won’t give one up, but considering the rumored asking price of “a young roster player, a high pick, and a prospect” it is alarming that the Rangers have agreed, at least in principle, on the young roster player. I’m not a big fan of deleting a young, cost controlled player for the sake of a rental, especially with how inconsistent this club has been. But that’s just my two cents.
It seems this is going to happen at some point, and the cost is what should scare many.