Gorton's most important messages: The Rangers may not be done adding ahead of Monday's trade deadline, and defenseman Keith Yandle - and his expiring contract - will not be traded.
"We're looking at a player we think can be energized by this trade," Gorton said about Staal. "We see the numbers. We scouted him a lot. (I) think this really helps our top nine, center, wing, (and) power play. I think it's a pretty exciting time for our team. I think they'll be energized."
Gorton wouldn't talk about Staal's future, and whether he may be a Ranger next season and beyond.
"He's a Ranger for today and we'll see what happens," he said. "We felt like he was one of the - if not the - best available players on the market. To have Marc (Staal) here had to have helped, (Eric) would've known what it's like to play in New York."
It's the second straight season the Rangers have made a splash around the trade deadline. Last year it was made by acquiring Yandle, and Gorton was explicit about the defender's future.
"We're not trading him."
Gorton added that the Rangers could still add to their roster - if necessary, and if the price is right.
"We have enough (cap) room to add a small salary player if we wanted to," he said.
With the victory, Chicago overtook the Dallas Stars for top spot in the Central Division with 83 points, and sit 11 points back of Washington in the Presidents' Trophy race. The Blackhawks will head to Detroit for an Original Six matchup versus the Red Wings on Wednesday.
The Carolina Hurricanes have traded center Eric Staal to the New York Rangers for two second picks and prospect Aleksi Saarela. SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Hurricanes also reportedly agreed to pick up half of Staal’s remaining salary. The picks are a second in 2016 and in 2017. Several weeks of speculation linking Staal to the Rangers […]
The Hurricanes will retain 50 percent of Staal's remaining salary, according to Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman. Staal's on an expiring contract, earning $9.5 million in salary and carrying a cap hit of $8.25 million. He's owed over $1.8 million over the rest of the season, according to NHL Numbers.
Maple Leafs general manager Lou Lamoriello said there wasn't much of a market for a rental goalie among playoff teams, and while he certainly knows better than I do, this is a disappointing return for the best goalie Toronto's employed in a decade. Stalock and Smith aren't in Toronto's future plans, and the pick turns into a third-rounder if San Jose makes the Stanley Cup Final - which isn't happening. In the end, a fourth-round pick is better than nothing, as Toronto continues to stockpile assets. However, that doesn't make the return any less disappointing.
Sharks Grade: B+
Sharks general manager Doug Wilson did all of his shopping with the Maple Leafs, which is a bit disturbing if you're a San Jose supporter (Roman Polak and Nick Spaling were acquired on Feb. 22). But he did well, especially in adding Reimer, giving his club valuable insurance behind No. 1 goalie Martin Jones, who has never started a playoff game. The Sharks appear to be a lock to make the postseason in the Pacific, and once they get there, anything can happen. Ask Reimer.
Flames general manager Brad Treliving made it perfectly clear his team is officially open for business after trading Hudler to the Panthers. Calgary certainly comprehends it must emulate the Maple Leafs and stockpile as many draft picks as possible in the coming seasons, and it did just that with this deal. Hudler - a 32-year-old pending unrestricted free agent - has certainly regressed this season after a career-high 76-point campaign in 2014-15, but he can still produce in a top-six role. It was difficult to imagine the Flames receiving much more than a second-round pick given the rental market, so adding a pair of picks is a good start with defenseman Kris Russell expected to fetch an even bigger return by Monday's deadline.
Panthers Grade: B+
Panthers general manager Dale Tallon was a man on a mission Saturday, making three consecutive trades, highlighted by the addition of Hudler. With the Eastern Conference - Washington Capitals aside - being fairly up for grabs, it certainly makes sense for the Panthers to make short-term adds without sacrificing their long-term plans. Tallon did that in acquiring a consistent 50-point player without giving up any young pieces or roster players in return. Given Hudler's international chemistry with country-mate Jaromir Jagr, he should be a solid veteran compliment to a young team with much to learn. However, the Panthers still haven't addressed their significant weakness on the left side.
Everyone knew the Oilers were selling, so to add a third-round pick for an ageing 30-year-old scorer who is owed another million for the rest of the season is a rather decent return. Purcell's only scored 20 or more once in his career, and clearly wasn't in the ever-rebuilding Oilers' future plans. General manager Peter Chiarelli did good, knowing the Panthers didn't want to part with any of their prospects.
Panthers Grade: B
Tallon gets a "B," too, for sticking to his guns and keeping his upstart club intact. Florida's a great mix of young and old, and Purcell brings playoff experience - he had 17 points in 18 games during the Tampa Bay Lightning's run to the Eastern Conference finals in 2011. The Panthers wanted to add help on the wing, and instead of getting the big fish in Andrew Ladd and parting with valuable prospect capital, they got the help they needed in a couple of bodies while ensuring they'll remain competitive for years to come. Enjoy the postseason, Miami. It's actually happening.
The Oilers were definitely in a very tough spot with Schultz. The once highly touted prospect found himself playing the worst hockey of his career, and there was quite simply no getting away from it in Edmonton. Chiarelli did just about as well as he could have hoped in landing a third-round pick for Schultz, essentially making it a housekeeping move that provides an additional trade chip in the offseason. However, it remains a significantly low return for a player who could certainly turn things around with a change of scenery.
Penguins Grade: B
Given the way Schultz has played over the past two seasons, it's very difficult to envision him suddenly becoming a game-changing defenseman in Pittsburgh. But the 25-year-old is still equipped with upside, and a change of scenery could be exactly what he needs. Considering the very small price it required to land him, and the fact that he remains under control as a restricted free agent likely due for a very small extension in the summer, Pittsburgh did very well in making a low-risk move to land a player with potential long-term game - if he can figure it out. Allowing Sergei Gonchar to mentor Schultz from the get-go is certainly a step in the right direction.
CHICAGO - The Washington Capitals have activated centre Jay Beagle from long-term injured reserve and placed defenceman John Carlson on long-term injured reserve.
Beagle had hand surgery in December. The 30-year-old has six goals and six assi...
The Arizona Coyotes' Boedker is probably the second-best winger available after Loui Eriksson, but a trade could be difficult to make since the clubs are Pacific Division rivals.
Boedker's playing out the final season of a contract paying him $3.75 million, and has 39 points (13 goals) in 62 games.
The Kings are the class of the Pacific, and have won four in a row. They're four points up on the Anaheim Ducks, who have a game in hand. L.A. also boasts the division's best goal differential at plus-24, which is second-best in the Western Conference.
PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers have signed forward Michael Raffl to a multiyear contract extension.
The signing was announced by the Flyers on Sunday, a day before the NHL trade deadline. Raffl was a candidate to be dealt if contract ...
The contract is reportedly three years in length and worth $2.35 million annually, according to ESPN's Pierre LeBrun.
There was some reported interest in Raffl ahead of Monday's trade deadline, as the 27-year-old was due to hit unrestricted free agency on July 1, but his present and future remain in Philadelphia.
Raffl has eight goals and nine assists in 61 games this season. He averages 14:17 of ice time, and will see a raise from his current $1.2-million salary. Now in his third season, the Austrian went off for 21 goals in 2014-15.
A versatile winger, Raffl has 106 hits on the season, and is an integral member of the Flyers' penalty-killing unit, seeing an average of 2:41 in shorthanded ice time per game.