Marc Staal

#18 D / New York Rangers / EXP: 10YRS Height: 6-4 Weight: 207 lb Age: 30 College: None

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  • Staal registered a shot, two hits and a minus-1 rating through 17:01 of ice time during Friday's 2-0 loss to the Blue Jackets. The veteran defenseman has now gone 12 games without registering a point, and he entered Friday averaging a career-low 17:51 of ice time per game. As a result, it's difficult to rely on Staal in the majority of fantasy settings.

  • Rangers' Marc Staal: Chips in assist in loss
    By RotoWire Staff

    Staal recorded an assist, one shot, two blocked shots and two hits over 22:42 of ice time during Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to the Islanders. The helper improves Staal to a goal and three points through eight games. After registering just three tallies and seven assists over 72 games last season, he's off to a much better start offensively this year. However, he's more of a meat-and-potatoes defenseman, and it's probably still wise to steer clear in most fantasy settings.

  • Rangers' Marc Staal: Has to earn roster spot
    By RotoWire Staff

    Staal will have to earn his spot on the Rangers' roster, per coach Alain Vigneault, the New York Daily News reports. Staal's saying all the right things: "I don't take anything for granted. I've come to camp with that mindset every year. You've got to earn your minutes." Regardless of whether he does indeed do that, Staal has seen his usage decline noticeably over the past two seasons, and his offensive contributions -- never prodigious in the first place -- were quite negligible last year, as he managed just 10 points over 72 games. There aren't many fantasy formats where the 30-year-old blueliner will come in handy in 2017-18.

  • Rangers' Marc Staal: Protected from expansion draft
    By RotoWire Staff

    Staal has a no-move clause, which is why he's on the Rangers' protected list ahead of Wednesday's expansion draft, the New York Daily News reports. If not for that bit in his contract, Staal would certainly have been left unprotected, but it's unlikely that Vegas would have taken him anyhow -- not with Staal set to come with a ridiculous $5.7 million cap hit for the next four seasons, thanks to the absolutely inexplicable extension the Rangers gave him two years ago. He's avoided a buyout, too, as the Rangers instead opted to give Dan Girardi that treatment this offseason after signing him to a similarly atrocious contract.

  • Rangers' Marc Staal: Picks up rare point Sunday
    By RotoWire Staff

    Staal notched an assist over 18:40 of ice time in Sunday's road loss to Anaheim. The point snapped a six-game drought during which Staal put just four shots on goal, which is pretty illustrative of his fantasy value. A heavy hitter with offensive upside in his youth, Staal has never quite been the same player since his brother Eric gave him a concussion on a big hit in 2011; this year, he has just 10 points and 81 hits in 67 games, leaving him off the fantasy radar in the vast majority of formats.

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