The Detroit Red Wings acquired defenseman Marc Staal and a second-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft from the New York Rangers on Saturday in exchange for future considerations.
Staal, 33, has spent his entire 13-year NHL career with the Rangers after the team selected him with the 12th overall pick in the 2005 draft. He served as one of New York's alternate captains for the last 10 seasons.
Staal has one season remaining on a six-year, $34.2 million contract signed with the Rangers in January 2015.
"Marc Staal has been an exemplary hockey player, teammate, and person from the moment he joined the New York Rangers organization," Rangers president John Davidson said. "A consummate professional, Marc's perseverance and dedication to the game made him such an integral part of our organization. Marc, his wife Lindsay, and his children Anna, Emily and Jack will always be a part of the Rangers family, and we wish them all the best going forward."
Staal recorded 11 points (two goals, nine assists) in 52 games this season. He added one goal in three games in the team's qualifying-round sweep at the hands of Carolina.
Staal has collected 188 points (43 goals, 145 assists) over 892 career games. He ranks sixth on the franchise's all-time games played list, trailing only Harry Howell (1,160), Brian Leetch (1,129), Rod Gilbert (1,065), Ron Greschner (981), and Walt Tkaczuk (945).
"I would like to thank Marc for everything he has given to the New York Rangers during his 13 seasons with the team," Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton said. "The success we had throughout Marc's tenure, including a trip to the Stanley Cup Final, would not have been possible without his tireless efforts on and off the ice. The respect we have for Marc is immeasurable, and we wish him and his family all the best."
The trade marks the second involving a Staal in the last week and a half. His brother, forward Eric Staal, was traded to the Buffalo Sabres by the Minnesota Wild on Sept. 16 for forward Marcus Johansson.
--Field Level Media