Marc Staal is deliberately trying to give his older brother, Eric, some space this week.

Who knows? They may have plenty of time next week to catch up as Rangers teammates if the Hurricanes opt to deal their longtime captain, an impending unrestricted free agent. No one is quite sure of the Hurricanes’ intentions and Eric Staal, currently teammates with younger brother Jordan, would have to waive his no-trade clause.

"It’s obviously something that I’d absolutely like to [do]," Marc Staal said of being his brother’s teammate after the Rangers practiced Friday at the Dr. Pepper StarCenter. "It would be very cool. It would be a nice change of pace from playing against those two."

The Rangers conclude a three-game road trip today against the Stars at American Airlines Center. The NHL trade deadline is Monday at 3 p.m. and the Rangers are in the market for a top-six scoring wing.