The Rangers have acquired Eric Staal from the Carolina Hurricanes for two second round picks (2016 & 2017) and prospect Aleksi Saarela.
In a statement, Carolina GM Ron Francis said "Eric has been the face of this franchise for a long time, and we thank him for his dedication, leadership and many contributions on and off the ice over the years. We felt this was an important opportunity for us to continue our work in building an organization that can consistently compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs."
Adam Rotter: Well, three years in a row for the Rangers making a big move and another shot at going all-in for the Stanley Cup. Two second round picks is tough because the Rangers haven't had a lot of picks the last few years, but not giving up a first rounder, Brady Skjei, Pavel Buchnevich or Ryan Gropp certainly seems like a win. Saarela has the potential to be another one of the Rangers nice mid-round finds but he is at least a few years away from coming over and making a difference. He has a lot talent and played well for the Finnish team in the WJC but you need to trade something to get something.
Not to mention no players off the roster were part of the trade. This is a very nice job by Jeff Gorton.
At this price I think the Rangers made a really good move. It also wouldn't surprise me at all if Staal ends up signing an extension with the Rangers. That is a long way off, the rest of the regular season and the playoffs, but if the Rangers can make the money work I think Staal will stay and join his brother Marc for the next few years.