Staal Wants Contract Situation Done This Summer; Interest in Dorsett; Sabres/Panthers to Pursue Callahan

After yesterday's 3-0 victory over the Red Wings, Marc Staal, who will be an unrestricted free agent next offseason, told Larry Brooks at the New York Post that he'd rather not go through contract negotiations during the season similar to Ryan Callahan and Dan Girardi…

“For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That’s the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done.”

Before the Rangers begin negotiations with Staal, Brooks feels they need to find out if playing with his brothers in Carolina is on his mind. If so, Brooks notes a deal with the Hurricanes could be a possibility this summer.

Brooks says Staal should be able to command between $5.5 – $6 million on the open market.

…if the Rangers were willing to go into this season without an extension being done for Lundqvist, I assume it'll be the same for Staal. Which I'm not sure I can go through again. Especially when Staal is likely to shoot for the moon like everyone else and ask for $7 million per.

…with Girardi getting a $5.5 million per extension, I definitely think Staal is worth at least $6 million. So anything around that number, I'd be more than happy with.

…and if Carolina is something Staal's interested in pursuing, I agree with Brooks, trade him this offseason and get what you can, because as we saw this trade deadline, rentals aren't worth all that much, unless you're throwing in picks of your own.

…the Staal situation could also have a huge impact on the Rangers decision to re-sign Stralman this offseason as well.

Meanwhile, Bruce Garrioch at the Ottawa Sun reports that the Rangers received a few inquires at the trade deadline regarding Derek Dorsett, but they had no interest in moving him.

…while Dorsett will likely spend more time in the press box than on the ice for the remainder of the season, I like that Sather decided to hold on to the rugged forward. Depth is always key for a playoff push and Dorsett brings that.

…now, depending on what the Rangers decide with Carcillo (UFA), maybe moving Dorsett in the offseason is a way to free up some cap space ($1.633M per) to bring in a #1 center.

Finally, Steve Zipay at Newsday reports that if Ryan Callahan can't agree on an extension with the Lightning, the Sabres and Panthers are ready to offer him a lucrative, long-term deal in July.

…for those of you hoping the Rangers will re-sign Callahan this offseason, it ain't happening.

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