This season, Eric Staal has 11 goals and 15 assists in 32 games with the Wild and was named Third Star of the Week in the NHL this past week.
In 20 games after being acquired by the Rangers last year, Staal had 3 goals, 3 assists and in 5 playoff games he was a minus 7.
Staal reportedly took a full month off after the Rangers were eliminated from the playoffs last year to "reset" and says now that he feels he is in the second chapter of his career and it's "just the beginning." (The Hockey News)
While playing against the Devils earlier this season, Staal said that deep down he " genuinely enjoyed his time with the Rangers" but that he didn't feel he did enough to help the Rangers win. (LoHud)
He added that "it didn't work" and while it was unfortunate it was "fun" and he was grateful for the chance to play with the Rangers. (LoHud)
Adam Rotter: Good for Staal that he has found a nice spot in Minnesota to get his game back on track. It didn't work with the Rangers and whether it was because of fit, role, adjustment after leaving Carolina, or that they were just a slow and flawed team, he was only sporadically, very sporadically, made an impact. In the end the Rangers paid a decent price to take a flier on a player who had the potential to solidify the Rangers down the middle. It didn't work, both parties moved on and are having strong seasons.