After his older brother Eric, it's defenseman Marc Staal's turn to change address, who moved from the New York Rangers to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.
The Michigan team also got their hands on a 2021 second-round pick in return for future considerations.
The operation aims above all to get rid of the last year of Staal's contract, who will earn $ 5.7 million in 2020-2021, before becoming a free agent without compensation.
The 33-year-old full-back has played his entire career in New York, having been drafted 12th overall in the 2005 auction. He had 188 points in 892 games during his run, adding a +46 rating and 423 penalty minutes.
He is also ranked sixth in Rangers history for games played with the team. With goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist in particular, Staal is only the seventh player of the “Blue Shirts” to have worn the team uniform in three different decades.
“I would like to thank Marc for everything he gave to the New York Rangers in his 13 seasons with the team,” general manager Jeff Gorton said in a statement. The success we had during Marc's tenure, including a Stanley Cup final, wouldn't have been possible without his efforts on and off the ice. Our respect for Marc is immeasurable and we wish him and his family the best. ”
Ultimately, the defenseman served as an assistant captain for 10 seasons, being one of three Rangers players (along with Mark Messier and Brian Leetch) to wear a letter on his jersey for a decade. He also represented his team in the All-Star Game in 2011 and was a two-time Rangers candidate for the Bill-Masterton Trophy.
In mid-September, Eric Staal was traded to the Buffalo Sabers when the Minnesota Wild acquired Marcus Johansson.