Stunner: New York Rangers trade Marc Staal to Detroit Red Wings

In an absolute stunner the New York Rangers have traded away Marc Staal to the Detroit Red Wings.

Marc Staal moved in a shocking trade

The Rangers are working to clear cap space here. It is very possible this is a trade for the purpose of a buyout. That may be why Staal agreed to waive his no move clause. This is further driven by the point that the Rangers also included a 2nd round pick. It does not sound like salary was retained further driving home the buyout thought.

More details to follow.

Updated: Detroit not buying out Staal. He’s on the roster.

Marc Staal trade
Marc Staal (Getty Images)

Rangers statement

“Marc Staal has been an exemplary hockey player, teammate, and person from the moment he joined the New York Rangers organization,” Rangers President and Alternate Governor 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.”

“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.”

Anthony Scultore is the founder of Forever Blueshirts and has been covering the New York Rangers and the NHL... More about Anthony Scultore

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