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Eric Staal Traded To New York Rangers For Aleksi Saarela And Two Second Round Picks

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The New York Rangers have acquired Eric Staal.

James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Per multiple reports, pending a trade call, the New York Rangers have officially acquired Eric Staal.

Per Darren Dregger the return is

It's not Pavel Buchnevich, Brady Skjei or Robin Kovacs, but Saarela is a player who had just started coming into his own in Liiga, dominated the world juniors and is a guy who has all the tools to be a really special player. In a situation where the Rangers didn't need to make a move and Gorton had all the leverage, I'm less than thrilled with giving up a prospect of his caliber.

Staal has already been pulled from the Carolina lineup, and Carolina is expected to retain 50% of his cap hit to make things work.

Thoughts?