Red Wings get D Staal, 2nd- round pick from Rangers
Because of their cap space, the Red Wings have been able to acquire a player for the present and an asset for the future.
Their acquisition of veteran defenseman Marc Staal and a second-round draft pick in 2021 from the New York Rangers for future considerations on Saturday night is an example of a team using that cap space to bail out another team that has to dump salary.
“The trade accomplishes a couple things,” Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman said. “One, as part of our rebuilding process, we’re trying to add draft picks, prospects, young players and future assets to help us down the line. But we also have to ice a team. We’re trying to be competitive, but we’re trying to improve at the same time. In this deal not only do we get a defenseman who’ll go right into our lineup, that plugs a huge hole for us, but we add future assets as well.”
Staal, 33, is entering the final year of his contract at $5.7 million (his actual salary is $3.2 million). The Red Wings now they have three second-round picks in 2021 in addition to three in this year’s draft (Oct. 6-7). Overall, they have 10 selections in each of the next two drafts.
Staal, 6-4, 209 pounds, is the younger brother of Eric Staal of the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes captain Jordan Staal. In 52 games in 2019-20, he had two goals and 11 points with 16 penalty minutes and was plus-5.
Yzerman also confirmed that veteran unrestricted free agents-to-be – defensemen Jonathan Ericsson and Trevor Daley – will not return. Staal joins Dan Deeyser, Patrik Nemeth and, if he makes the team, Dennis Cholowski as Detroit’s left-shot defensemen.
“We’re looking to fill spots on the left and right sides; Marc Staal fits in nicely on the left side,” Yzerman said. “He’s a good, solid defender, good size, he’s been in the league a long time, he’s a good penalty killer, so he plugs a hole for us on the back end.”
The 12th overall selection in the 2005 draft, Staal has played his entire 13-year career with the Rangers, appearing in 892 games, with 43 goals and 145 assists and a plus-46 rating.
Yzerman said the Red Wings are in a position to add more salary for teams looking to clear cap space. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cap, which was expected to raise, will remain flat at $81.5 million for 2020-21 and perhaps longer.
“We have cap space, we have roster spots to fill, (but) we have to be careful … you can get to the cap very quickly,” he said. “But we’re in a position to potentially do future deals like this, if they come along. They don’t happen a lot.”