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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (32) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 208
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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The Wild's top line of Eric Staal, Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise wasn't very good in Friday's shootout loss to Calgary, per head coach Bruce Boudreau.
Boudreau called his team "sluggish" after the game and he didn't hesitate to call out his top line. "They weren’t very good," Boudreau said of the first line. "They’ve got to get going on their own. We can prod them, but in the end, we need those guys to be our best players, or we’re not going to have success." The trio had two even-strength shots on goals and no points. Dec 3 - 11:12 AM

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Coach Bruce Boudreau called out Minnesota's top line on Wednesday.

The trio of Eric Staal, Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle didn't look good during a video session before Wednesday's practice. They know they have to be better and Boudreau expects them to be. "They're good players and they're all professional and they're going to get back on track," said the Wild bench boss. "We'd like to see, and we haven't seen it too often, that all the lines are going at the same time."

Eric Staal had a big night in Thursday's 4-2 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Staal finished the game with a goal and two assists in the victory. He helped set up Charlie Coyle's first period goal and Nino Niederreiter's tally in the second frame. His goal at the 2:56 mark of the third period proved to be the game-winner. Staal's having a nice season so far. He's picked up five goals and six assists in 12 games with his new team. He's picked up a point in six of his last seven games. Staal's owned in just 28 percent of Yahoo leagues and could be an intriguing pickup in most leagues.
Nov 10 - 10:25 PM

Eric Staal will be the center on Minnesota's new top line.

He'll be playing between wingers Jason Zucker and Charlie Coyle. In his first year with the Wild, Staal has four goals and four assists in 10 games, which is more production that many expected from him. "We need Eric’s line and Mikko’s line to be our producers. They play all the power plays, they are the guys that play 18-20 minutes, so we need them."
Nov 5 - 6:38 AM

Eric Staal recorded an assist in a 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders on Sunday.

That gives Staal three goals and four points in six games. It's a pretty solid start for him after his disappointing 2015-16 campaign where he was limited to 13 goals and 39 points in 83 games with Carolina and the New York Rangers.
Oct 24 - 10:26 AM

Eric Staal scored two goals in Minnesota's 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Staal tied the game at one at the 10:09 mark of the second period and he added the game-winner just over eight minutes remaining in regulation. The 31-year-old finished the game with a plus-2 rating, five shots on goal and he won 76 percent of his faceoffs. He has three goals in his first four games of the 2016-17 season. Zac Dalpe also scored for the Wild.
Oct 20 - 11:58 PM

If you are looking for a reclamation project, we highly recommend Eric Staal.

Staal, who is coming off a number of uninspired seasons with Carolina, had a tremendous training camp with the Wild. He scored his first goal with his new team, dished out three hits and took three shots on goal Saturday night against the Jets and was named the first star in the contest for his performance. Staal is centering Minnesota's top line flanked by Zach Parise and Charlie Coyle, a threesome that plays on the first power play as well. We are buying into a big comeback campaign for the 6'4" pivot.
Oct 16 - 1:24 PM

Eric Staal scored the third of four unanswered points in the Minnesota Wild 4-3 victory over the Winnipeg Jets Saturday night.

Staal’s goal came at the 15:00 minute mark with an assist by Charlie Coyle and Zach Parise. Nearly 20 minutes later, Jonas Brodin scored what appeared to be an insurance goal before Mark Scheifele buried a final puck 19 seconds from the end of the contest. In 83 games with the Hurricanes and Rangers last year, Staal scored 13 goals
Oct 15 - 11:42 PM

Eric Staal scored the game-winning goal against his former team on Sunday night as the Wild beat Carolina 3-1.

He also added an assist in the match. Staal scored 322 goals in 909 games for the Hurricanes, and lifted one Stanley Cup over his head in Raleigh. He'll start a new chapter in St. Paul this season, and his first in a Wild uniform to break a 1-1 tie in the third period could not have been sweeter.
Oct 3 - 12:11 AM

Eric Staal believes Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau will give him a chance to bounce back next season.

"Bruce is someone that I believe, through the phone conversations I’ve had with him, believes in my game and believes in me," Staal said. "He will give me every opportunity to try to rekindle some of that offensive flair I’ve had over the years and haven’t had in the last couple." Staal has been limited to 40, 31, and most recently 26 points in each of his last three campaigns. Now with the Wild on a three-year, $10.5 million contract, Staal will likely start the campaign as a top-six forward. He's still a gamble though given how long and severe his decline has been.
Jul 8 - 4:25 AM

Look for newly-signed Eric Staal to center a line featuring Zach Parise.

We, along with the rest of the hockey world, were wondering if the Wild would deploy Staal as a winger or a center. Well, they have answered that question fairly quickly. The Wild also plan to shift Mikael Granlund to left wing on a line with Mikko Koivu. Charlie Coyle is slated to be the third member of the Staal unit, while Jason Pominville or Jason Zucker could complete the Koivu line. Playing with Parise can only enhance Staal's fantasy value which has deteriorated over the last few seasons. Staal may make a nice late-round sleeper pick this coming season.
Jul 2 - 12:24 PM

Minnesota has agreed to terms with Eric Staal on a three-year deal.

The contract has an annual average value of $3.5 million. Staal produced just six points in 20 appearances with the Rangers after he was acquired from Carolina. He had 10 goals and 33 points in 63 matches with the Hurricanes prior to the move.
Jul 1 - 12:31 PM

The Minnesota Wild have expressed interest in Eric Staal.

"There’s mutual interest and consideration that there is a fit with Minnesota," Staal's agent, Rick Curran, said. "We’ve had conversation and I would also suggest Eric was extremely impressed." Staal is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He's coming off of a campaign where he had just 13 goals and 39 points in 83 games between Carolina and the Rangers. He might still rebound, but if a team signs him to a long-term contract, they'll be taking a considerable risk.
Source: StarTribune
Jun 30 - 9:56 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes have not reached out to Eric Staal.

"While he was a great player in this market for a long time, with where we’re at, with the young players we have and the direction we’re going, it would be unfair to us and to him to bring him back and ask him to accept a much different role than the one he had," Hurricanes GM Ron Francis said. "I think he has a lot of years left and he’ll test the waters. We wish him the best." Certainly, it's still possible that plans will change, but at this point it's very unlikely that Eric Staal will end up signing a new contract with Carolina. Staal is looking for a top-six role, ideally at center, but he's declined considerably in recent years. With that in mind, it wouldn't be surprising if any interested team insisted on Staal signing a short-term deal.
Jun 30 - 8:43 AM

Agent Rick Curran has spoken to a number of teams regarding Eric Staal.

Staal wants a top-six role with whatever team he agrees to play for and he would prefer to play at center. The door hasn't completely closed on Carolina if they are still interested, but he's talking to other teams during this time and exploring his options.
Jun 28 - 6:21 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Mikko Koivu
2Eric Staal
3Erik Haula
4Tyler Graovac
LW1Zach Parise
2Mikael Granlund
3Jason Zucker
RW1Charlie Coyle
2Jason Pominville
3Chris Stewart
4Nino Niederreiter
5Zac Dalpe
6Zack Mitchell
7Kurtis Gabriel
D1Ryan Suter
2Jared Spurgeon
3Marco Scandella
4Matt Dumba
5Jonas Brodin
6Christian Folin
7Nate Prosser
8Gustav Olofsson
G1Devan Dubnyk
2Darcy Kuemper