Marc Staal is clearly enjoying life with the Detroit Red Wings.
“I like it here,” Staal said.
That being said, Staal, 35, would also like to win a Stanley Cup before he’s done playing. He came close in 2014, when Staal’s New York Rangers lost the Cup final series to the Los Angeles Kings.
Thus, even though his Red Wings contract comes equipped with a no-movement clause, the veteran defenseman might be willing to waive that stipulation if there was a deal out there capable of putting him in line for another shot at lifting Lord Stanley’s mug.
“Obviously in the next couple of weeks, we’ll see what happens,” Staal said. “If something comes along that’s a great fit and (Red WIngs GM) Steve Yzerman wants to do it, I’ll look at it. Other than that, I enjoy playing here and look forward to that.”
Last summer saw Staal signing a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit. He’d be a UFA at season’s end. That’s a key reason why a contender might see him as a rental who could offer experience and depth to their blueline.
“You never know what’s going to happen before the deadline,” Staal said. “It’s been like that every year I’ve been in the league and every player is in the same situation.
“So I’m just going to try to keep playing my best and if something comes across, make a decision on that when the time comes.”
Red Wings Power Play Delivering
Who’s Hot: The Red Wings power play. Detroit matched a season high Tuesday with two power play goals. This feat was previously accomplished on Nov. 7 against Vegas and Jan. 15 facing Buffalo.
Who’s Not: Defenseman Gustav Lindstrom was -6 in the 9-2 loss to the Arizona Coyotes. He’s -12 in his last five games.
Griffins Hungry To Beat The Wolves
There’s just something about the Chicago Wolves that brings out the worst in the Grand Rapids Griffins. The Wolves defeated the Grand Rapids Griffins 4-2 on Wednesday at Van Andel Arena. Grand Rapids has now lost nine consecutive matchups against the Wolves (0-8-1-0), dating back to the last meeting of the 2020-21 season.
Turner Elson scored his 14th goal of the season for GR, Detroit’s AHL farm club, giving him a share of the team lead with Jonatan Berggren and Taro Hirose.
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Boston: The Boston Bruins remain among the main suitors for Coyotes defenseman Jacob Chychrun.
Pittsburgh: Should Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall address his slumping middle six forwards prior to the March 21 NHL trade deadline?
Philadelphia: Might Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux be reunited with his old coach Peter Laviolette in Washington?
Washington: Those Marc-Andre Fleury to the Washington Capitals rumors may not be dead in the water after all.
San Jose: His teammates aren’t at all surprised that there’s a market for San Jose Sharks defenseman Jake Middleton.
Montreal: The Carolina Hurricanes are reportedly kicking the tires on Montreal Canadiens defensemen Jeff Petry and Ben Chiarot.