Rangers Roundup: Zendaya and Spider-man at Garden upstage Marc Staal, Strome talks, and more

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Staal waves as Zendaya steals the spotlight (Jared Silber / NHLI/Getty Images)

Zendaya and Tom Holland were at the New York Rangers game?!!!

Poor Marc Staal. On the night he made his return to Madison Square Garden after 13 seasons on Broadway and an unexpected trade in 2020, he was totally upstaged. After the New York Rangers played him a tribute video, a photo was snapped of him waving at the crowd in thanks.

Well it took mere seconds for that moment to be overshadowed by Spider-man actors Zendaya and Tom Holland.

Zendaya and Tom Holland at Rangers game

As soon as people spotted the couple at the Garden sporting matching 96 Rangers jerseys with Zendaya’s saying Holland and vice versa, it’s been the talk of the town.

Yes, Marc Staal was victorious thanks to Thomas Greiss’ incredible goaltending and two botched shootout attempts by Adam Fox and Ryan Strome, but all that anyone seemed to care about was Spider-man and MJ.

The 25 year-old actors are two of the hottest stars in showbiz and the fact that they are a couple off the screen makes them even more popular.

Spider-man: No Way Home was one of the biggest films to hit theaters in ages. It was a massive success around the globe and having them sitting rinkside probably put a huge smile on NHL executives’ faces.

Ryan Strome’s contract talks have a familiar feel

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Jan 7, 2020; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) and center Ryan Strome (16) celebrate after a goal by defenseman Brady Skjei (76) against the Colorado Avalanche during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Sarah Stier-USA TODAY Sports

Strome, 28, has 34 points in 45 games this season and is making $4.5M on his current contract which expires in July. Artemi Panarin’s favorite center will likely fetch over $6M if he hits the open market. That’s not a number the Rangers are comfortable with heading into the next few seasons due to the flat salary cap and expiring entry-level contracts.

Multiple reports indicate that a significant gap exists between the two parties, with the most recent being in The Athletic this week. The Rangers won’t be trading Strome if he isn’t signed come the March 21 Trade Deadline, because center is a position where the team is weak. Plus, he will be a key piece come playoffs.

However, there is something strikingly similar to how Strome’s negotiations are playing out. When Mika Zibanejad was talking with the Rangers, trade rumors regarding Jack Eichel heated up again. They died as soon as Mika signed for 8 years at $8.5M per. Now the name J.T. Miller is at the forefront and it just seems to coincidental.

READ FULL STORY HERE.

NHL Rumors

The trade talk around J.T. Miller seems to be shifting over the last few days. It sounds like the Canucks have set the price for him so high that teams are wondering if he isn’t being taken off the table. Read that and the latest rumors here.