Eric Staal has signed a three-year deal with the Wild worth $3.5 million per season. (McKenzie)
Adam Rotter: It was always a long shot that Staal would return to the Rangers but this signing with the Wild probably impacts their pursuit of Derek Stepan. Minnesota and Stepan has been something that has been rumored for a while and the primary reason why Stepan has been mentioned in trade talks. With Minnesota likely out of that, unless the Rangers take a center back from the Wild, Stepan may stay with the Rangers.