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Eric Staal | Winger

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (30) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
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Eric Staal probably won't have a new contract with Carolina before the start of training camp.
"[I'm] kind of waiting to see how it's going to play out here in the next while," Staal said. "I haven't given it a ton of thought, or time, as of right now. I'm focused on having a good finish to training for the summer and getting ready for the start of camp." He has one year left on his contract, but the Hurricanes aren't in any rush to get a deal done. GM Ron Francis said, "We're comfortable letting this go down the road a little bit." There's been plenty of speculation that Staal could be a trade target this year, but he has made it known that he would like to stay with Carolina. Aug 26 - 12:51 PM

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According to Carolina's Executive VP and General Manager Ron Francis, Eric Staal wants to remain in the organization.

"I’ve had general, open and honest conversations with Eric’s agent, and we’ll continue to have those as we move through the summer," Francis said. "Eric has indicated that he wants to be part of the Hurricanes moving forward, so we’ll see if we can get that worked out."
Jun 28 - 7:46 PM

It appears that Carolina is working on a contract extension with their captain Eric Staal.

Staal is entering the final year of his seven-year, $57.75M contract which carries a $8.25M cap hit. It's not entirely surprising to hear the two parties want to extend their relationship, but it's worth noting that Staal has posted a sub-10% shooting percentage in each of the last three full NHL seasons. This coming after his first six seasons in which he averaged a 11.8 shooting percentage. Staal will turn 31-years-old in October.
Jun 25 - 7:16 PM

Carolina GM Ron Francis said he's spoken to the agent of Eric Staal and Cam Ward about contract extensions.

"Our discussions have been pretty general to this point," Francis said. "It's still pretty early in the process. In my opinion, I do think they want to be a part of turning this organization around and get it back to where it was. They've expressed an interest in doing that." Both of them have no-trade clauses, so if they were going to be moved at some point then they will have plenty of say in the matter.
Jun 18 - 10:46 AM

It appears that Eric Staal will continue to skate for the only organization he's ever known, the Carolina Hurricanes.

Asked if Carolina has sought out a trade for Staal, GM Ron Francis said bluntly, "No, not at this point." Of course if the Hurricanes get off to another slow start, things could change. "It is my job to explore every avenue of making this team better," Francis said. However that's yet to include asking his captain if, and to whom, he'd be willing to waive his No-Trade Clause. Staal is entering his age-31 season and the final season of his contract with a cap hit of $8.25M.
Jun 12 - 5:49 PM

Carolina's path appears to be hinged on talks with Eric Staal.

With GM Ron Francis set to meet with Rick Curran, agent of captain Eric Staal, brother Jordan Staal, forward Jeff Skinner and goaltender Cam Ward, it appears that the future of the franchise may be decided within the next week. The Hurricanes have missed the playoffs six seasons in a row now, and their prime talent is either aging or expensive if not both. Eric Staal, the presumed linchpin of the bunch, has one season left on his contract with an $8.25M cap hit and $9.5M salary. If an agreement, likely a significant discount, cannot be reached then the Hurricanes' woes may be extended. But at least they'll be steeped in an intentional and full-on rebuild.
Jun 9 - 11:07 PM

Eric Staal wants to return to the Carolina Hurricanes next season.

The talented forward has been the subject of many trade rumors of late but wants to play for the only team he has known in his long NHL career. I'm not sure what their plans are or what lies ahead," Staal said. "I love being here. I love this team, the people, the fans. Sure, I would love to be part of the group that gets back to the playoffs and another chance at the Stanley Cup. Whether they feel I'm a part of that will be determined in the future. But as of right now I have another year on my contract and I'll be here to perform to the best of my abilities." Staal ended the season with 23 goals and 54 points in 77 games.
Apr 12 - 6:47 AM

Eric Staal had an assist in a 3-1 win against Philadelphia Thursday night.

Staal has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. That gives him 23 goals and 54 points in 76 contests in 2014-15. It's been a rough couple of years for Staal, who was traditionally good for at least 70 points a season. He certainly still has the potential to bounce back in 2015-16, but we recommend exercising caution when evaluating him and, more to the point, when deciding where to draft him for the 2015-16 campaign.
Apr 10 - 9:17 AM

Carolina captain Eric Staal scored a goal and an assist Monday night but the Hurricanes fell 4-3 to the Sabres in Buffalo.

Staal has 53 points -- 23 goals and 30 assists. John-Michael Liles also had two points for the Canes, grabbing two assists, his 18th and 19th of the season. Liles assisted on goals by Patrick Dwyer (fifth) and Alexander Semin (sixth).
Apr 6 - 10:17 PM

Eric Staal scored his 22nd goal of the season Tuesday, but the Hurricanes dropped a 4-2 decision to Washington.

Staal has now registered seven points over his last five games in an effort to salvage his difficult campaign, but it's too little, too late for his fantasy owners by now. Nathan Gerbe also scored for Carolina in the losing effort.
Mar 31 - 11:43 PM

Eric Staal notched a goal for the Hurricanes in their 3-1 win over the Devils on Saturday night.

Staal’s 21st goal of the season came nine seconds into the third period. It was effectively the game winner, too. Even with points in three games in a row (five points total), Staal has had an underwhelming season with only 48 points on the year. Chris Terry and Justin Faulk picked up the other goals.
Mar 28 - 9:40 PM

Eric Staal potted a goal and two assists as Carolina upset Pittsburgh 5-2 on Thursday night.

It was the 30-year-old’s 20th goal and 47th point in 67 games this season. Staal is on pace for his lowest point total since his rookie season, but now has four points in his past two games.
Mar 26 - 10:17 PM

Eric Staal registered an assist in a 3-1 loss against Chicago.

Staal snapped a six-game point drought. With 19 goals and 44 points in 67 contests, this is shaping up to be his worst season since his rookie campaign.
Mar 24 - 10:54 AM

Eric Staal will return to the wing Saturday night after a few games back in his familiar role at center, but this time he won't be skating with his brother Jordan Staal.

Against the New York Rangers, Eric will play the left side with rookie Victor Rask centering and Elias Lindholm on the right wing. "We know what works best, obviously," Hurricanes coach Bill Peters insisted. The Canes are 2-5-2 in their last nine games.
Mar 21 - 6:29 PM

Eric Staal scored a goal in a 4-3 shootout loss Tuesday night.

Staal has recorded at least a point in four of his last five games. He has 19 goals and 43 points in 60 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 11 - 9:24 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Jordan Staal
2Victor Rask
3Jay McClement
4Brad Malone
5Joakim Nordstrom
LW1Eric Staal
2Jeff Skinner
3Nathan Gerbe
4Chris Terry
RW1Elias Lindholm
2Kris Versteeg
3Riley Nash
4Andrej Nestrasil
D1Justin Faulk
2James Wisniewski
3Ron Hainsey
4Ryan Murphy
5Noah Hanifin
6John-Michael Liles
7Michal Jordan
8Danny Biega
G1Cam Ward
2Eddie Lack