Marc Staal was “shocked” by trade to Detroit with no warning

Longtime Rangers defenseman, and new member of the Detroit Red Wings Marc Staal spoke with the media today. In his first interview since being traded he admitted it was a surprise and that there was no indication one was coming.

Marc Staal was in shock

The very first question for Staal was how the trade went down. “I didn’t have much of a head’s up,” he began. “Got a call, told me I was on my way to Detroit and… I mean it’s surprising and shocking when it happens.”

After 13 years with one team, Marc admitted it was difficult to hear. “This is the only place I’ve been my whole career,” Staal explained. “This has been home for me for a very long time.”

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Marc Staal was beloved (Newsday/Jim McIsaac)

The 33 year-old rearguard is exited about moving from “one great franchise to another.” Staal admitted he was not concerned about playing in Detroit. “I’ve known a lot of guys that have played there that speak very highly of Detroit,” he said. “So that part of it, I wasn’t too worried about.”

What eased his mind the most was talking to Red Wings GM, Steve Yzerman. “A lot of the conversation was him trying to relieve the shock of what happened and speaking about things in Detroit and the area,” Staal recalled. “It’s an exciting place to be.”

Anthony Scultore has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL since 2014. His work also appears at... More about Anthony Scultore

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