The New York Rangers made a move Monday to stabilize their defensive core for the foreseeable future, agreeing to a six-year contract extension with 28 year-old Marc Staal.
The deal, per ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun, is worth $5.7 million per year.
Staal has been with the Rangers organization since being drafted by them in the first round of the 2005 NHL Draft.
He has appeared in 43 games this season, tallying two goals and six assists, while averaging just under 22 minutes on ice per game.
In eight NHL seasons, Staal has 29 goals and 119 points in 503 games.