The Rangers are hoping to win now (they've reached the Conference finals in three of the last four seasons, and made the Stanley Cup final in 2014), and they haven't been shy about dealing away draft picks to make it happen. According to General Fanager, the team has only one pick in the first two rounds of the next two drafts (a first-rounder in the 2017 draft). Staal, who waived his no-trade clause to allow the deal to get done, will leave his brother Jordan in Carolina to play alongside his brother Marc in New York. Reportedly, Staal would only waive the no-movement clause to go to New York, which limited what the Hurricanes could get in return.
CAR will retain 50 per cent of Staal salary— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) February 28, 2016
Aleksi Saarela, the Finish prospect that come over in the deal from the Rangers, scored seven points in seven games at the World Juniors this year. The 19-year-old was a third-round pick in the 2015 draft.
Obviously Hurricanes wanted more for Eric Staal. Fact that Staal wanted to play only for the NYR, if traded, didn't help.— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) February 28, 2016