Marc Staal D NYR 6 Days

Staal has been held off the scorer's sheet in 11 straight games.

It's fair to say to Staal's fantasy relevance hasn't been the same since the 2010-11 season when he posed 29-points in 77 games. While he's managed to stay healhty, with just four points in 26 games played and no other peripherals to write home about, there's simply no reason to suggest his services at this time.

Marc Staal D NYR 1 Month

Staal ended his 11-game scoring drought Tuesday with a pair of assists in a 5-0 win over Pittsburgh.

While Staal still doesn't have a goal this season, his fantasy owners have to be happy with what they can get. Staal has offensive skill, but he's concentrating more on the defensive end right now. As a result, owners in leagues that count hits and blocked shots have been made reasonably happy by the 27-year-old blueliner.

Marc Staal D NYR 2 Months

Staal has two points (both assists) in three games this season.

Having compiled just 14 points in 72 regular season tilts last season, it's reasonable to speculate the 27-year-old could return to a 20-points-or-more campaign pace. However, we'll wait for a bigger sampling before we make any moves to grab the top-four blue liner from the free agent pool in standard formats.

Marc Staal D NYR 6 Months

Marc Staal has one year left on his current contract.

He would like to get something worked out this summer, but added that it wouldn't be a big deal if it didn't happen. Staal appeared in 72 games during the 2013-14 campaign after he was limited to 21 during the lockout-shortened season and 46 outings the year before.

Marc Staal D NYR 8 Months

Coach Alain Vigneault has been impressed by Marc Staal.

"I think he's a guy this year that has improved throughout the year," Vigneault said. "We always knew he was a good defender and he's still one of the best defenders in the league in my opinion but he's also, this year, he's improved his puck decisions." He's played well on a pairing with Anton Stralman. Staal has two points and a plus-7 rating in eight games during this playoffs.

Marc Staal D NYR 8 Months

All the pregame attention in the New York media went to defensemen Ryan McDonagh and Dan Girardi, who were assigned to bottle up Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in Game 1 of the Penguins-Rangers second-round playoff series, won 3-2 by New York in overtime.

But Marc Staal wound up as the stalwart of the blue line, playing a team-high 26:03 that included 4:41 shorthanded to keep the Penguins scoreless on four power plays. "The way he keeps the game so simple is something we talk about every time," Benoit Pouliot said. "Get that big block or make that pass, he's always going to be in position to help us out. Sometimes you don't recognize it, but we do." Coach Alain Vigneault also praised Staal. "He's got one of the best sticks in the league; he did a good job gapping up. Him and Strallsy [Anton Stralman] have found a way to complement each other."

Marc Staal D NYR 8 Months

Marc Staal opened the scoring on Sunday with his first goal in the playoffs.

Staal now has two points in five games. He was also a plus-two in the game to increase his total to plus-six in the series which is third best in the NHL thus far.

Marc Staal D NYR 8 Months

Marc Staal is a series leading plus-four in the playoffs.

The Flyers Claude Giroux is right behind him in the New York-Philadelphia series at plus-three. Offensively it has been another story as Staal has only one assist in four games.

Marc Staal D NYR 9 Months

Marc Staal does not want the contract distractions he saw happen with Dan Girardi and Ryan Callahan to happen to him next season.

Staal has one more season left on his contract but found it distracting to play with all the rumors swirling around Girardi and Callahan. "I saw those two guys go through it with the negotiations and all of the rumors that are impossible to avoid if you're on the last year of your contract, and it's not something I really want to go through," Staal said. "For me, the contract situation is definitely something I would like to take care of over the summer. That's the goal, but that also has to be the way management looks at it, too, in order to get it done." Stay tuned.

Marc Staal D NYR 10 Months

Marc Staal (back) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Barring a setback, Staal will be good to go on Thursday. He missed a few practices due to back spasms.