The Detroit Red Wings announced on Sunday the signing of defenseman Marc Staal to a one-year contract extension.
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 25, 2021
Staal had been a pending unrestricted free agent. He was originally acquired last offseason in a salary dump move from the New York Rangers.
The deal is reportedly worth $2 million and includes a full no movement clause.
There were probably better defensemen that the Wings could have chased down in free agency but, since the end of the season, word from the organization has been that they wanted to bring Staal back. Clearly the interest was mutual.
I don’t love the deal. I’d rather have seen that cap space spent on another salary dump from another team. That said, there are only so many of those available. Also, $2 million is an absolutely fine number for Staal. If he’s open to it (because of the no movement clause), the Wings can retain half of his salary and move him on to a contender at the deadline pretty easily.
It does mean that Detroit’s blueline is pretty set at this point.
Those aren’t meant to be true pairings, just an idea of how spots could play out. The point is that Staal is a $2 million third-pairing guy and that’s not horrible, even if I don’t entirely love it either.