4/29/16 | 1:07PM: Larry Brooks writes that Vigneault never found the right spot for Eric Staal and Eric reiterated that he feels he can still be an impact player. (NY Post)
He said that he came to a team with 100 points and didn't come to ruffle feathers or demand certain spots or roles. Eric said " I came here to fit in and help us become a balanced team that could go on a run, Clearly that didn't happen." (NY Post)
4/28/16| 8:59AM: Eric Staal said on breakup day that he has some decisions to make about his future and that he doesn't think the Rangers aw the best that he can be. (MSG)
He said that he wasn't making excuses and needed to perform better but "for whatever reason it didn't work out how I envisioned.(MSG)
Eric said that he wants to be comfortable with his new team but also be in a place where he has a role where he can be counted on. (Yahoo)
He said that he wouldn't close the door on a possible return to Carolina and that he will see how things play out. (MSG)
Alain Vigneault said that Staal tried real hard but "for whatever reason it didn't work out for him as he wanted and for us. We brought him in to win and we got bumped out out in the first round. With him, like the rest of our group, we need some time to analyze the whole thing."
Adam Rotter: I thought that when Staal was acquired there was a decent to pretty good chance that the Rangers would find a way to keep him. That thought though came with the thinking that he was going to make a positive impact and help the Rangers make another deep run. Now, I feel that unless Eric wants to play on a very short-term deal and for very little money he will be somewhere else next season.
The expectation was that it would take Staal some time to get adjusted but that things would pick up near the end of the regular season and certainly in the playoffs. I kept waiting for him to have a playoffs moment but it never came. In the end the Rangers traded some pieces to try and make one last run but didn't work out for them or for Staal.