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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: Minnesota Wild
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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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

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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 will 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

Don’t expect Eric Staal to return to the Hurricanes.

The Ottawa Sun’s Bruce Garrioch says it’s "doubtful" that Staal, an unrestricted free agent, signs with them this offseason. Staal’s last contract carried an $8.25 million average annual value, but after a 10-goal, 33-point campaign, he can’t be expecting nearly that amount on the open market.
Source: Ottawa Sun
Jun 18 - 10:03 PM

While Eric Staal thinks highly of the New York Rangers, he's looking to play a bigger role than he got with the team.

The Rangers acquired him to bolster their chances in the 2016 playoffs and obviously that didn't work out. That said, Staal logged just 16:15 minutes per game in the regular season with the Rangers and averaged 16:05 minutes in the playoffs. Staal accepted that role because he didn't want to "ruffle feathers," but he's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and expects to play a bigger role with whichever team signs him. Staal might still re-sign with the Rangers, but given that he didn't work out as a rental, it seems unlikely that the two sides will be able to see eye-to-eye on a long-term contract.
Apr 27 - 10:30 AM

Eric Staal was a minus-seven and failed to get a point in the five game series against the Penguins.

That was not what the Rangers were looking for when they dealt for the former captain of the Hurricanes just before the trade deadline but that's what they got. It's hard to believe there will be interest on the Rangers side to give Staal a long-term deal so expect him to hit free agency on July 1.
Apr 24 - 9:00 AM

Including the playoffs, Eric Staal had six points in 25 games with the Rangers.

That’s not really what the Rangers were looking for when they parted with two second-round picks and a prospect to acquire him. Staal had three of his 13 goals with the Rangers. It wouldn’t be surprising to see him reveal he was playing through an injury. While he remains an effective player, he is not the point producer he once was. It will be interesting to see what he gets as an unrestricted free agent this offseason. Staal was on a seven-year deal with an $8.2 million cap hit.
Apr 23 - 8:06 PM

Eric Staal has yet to be on the ice when the Rangers have scored in the playoffs.

While Staal has not done it offensively, he has been on the ice for eight Pittsburgh goals, albeit with two on the power play. Nevertheless, the Rangers did not acquire him for his lack of scoring so he better snap out of it quickly if the New Yorkers hope to make a series out of it with the Penguins. Staal is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season and this performance will not help in getting him the contract he wants with anyone.
Source: NY Post
Apr 23 - 7:08 AM

Eric Staal and the New York Rangers were shut out 5-0 by the Penguins in Game 4 on Thursday night.

Staal is now scoreless in all four playoff games this season with a minus-six rating. The Rangers will need a whole lot more from their prized trade deadline acquisition if they hope to overcome a 3-1 series deficit.
Apr 21 - 10:22 PM

Eric Staal (upper body) participated in Monday's practice.

He is expected to be ready for Game 1 of the playoffs on Wednesday night at Pittsburgh. Staal has recorded just three goals and three assists in 20 games since joining the Rangers from Carolina.
Apr 11 - 1:53 PM

Eric Staal expected to be 'fine' for playoffs, according to Rangers coach Alain Vigneault.

Staal was apparently withheld from the remainder of Saturday's match as a "precaution", which is more than plausible. Expect the veteran Staal to shine in the playoffs.
Apr 9 - 3:21 PM

Eric Staal left Saturday's match with Detroit late in the second period, the Rangers are calling it an upper body injury.

While on all fours by the face-off dot, Staal was bumped by Jesper Fast a la PK Subban's injury. Staal was eventually helped off the ice after staying down for several minutes. He left the game without marking the stat sheet, ending his regular season stint with the Rangers at six points and 19 hits in 19 games. See the link below for a gif of the play.
Apr 9 - 2:38 PM

Depth Charts

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