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Eric Staal | Center

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
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Eric Staal got back on the ice Friday for an informal skate and said he felt good after having off-season surgery to repair a core muscle injury.
"I just want to continue to take steps before (training) camp opens and then look forward to the start of the year," he said. Staal suffered the injury while he was training and it wasn't a lingering issue. He'll turn 30 years of age at the end of October and this is the second straight year that he's been hurt during the off-season. Despite those ailments, Staal has been incredibly durable throughout his career, missing just a total of 17 games. Aug 29 - 9:35 PM

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Eric Staal has undergone surgery after suffering a core muscle injury while training.

"Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then Philadelphia to be evaluated," said Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for the start of the regular season." The Hurricanes didn't provide a timetable or even the exact nature of the injury, so it's hard to speculate on how this will impact Staal. Obviously, they've already said that he's not expected to miss any playing time, but if this interrupts his summer training for a significant period of time, then that could make him rusty going into the 2014-15 campaign.
Jul 29 - 9:35 AM

Bill Peters, new coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, says Eric Staal's one goal on power plays last season under then-coach Kirk Muller is "unacceptable" to him and he vows to improve the PP next season.

Peters wants a better organized, more competitive team in Carolina and said a lack of overall team size didn’t have to be a detriment. "We can intimidate with our speed and work ethic," he said.
Jul 27 - 9:50 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes might enjoy an underrated home-ice advantage.

They received 41 more power-play opportunities than times shorthanded during the 2013-14 season and generally get a lot of whistles their way. If new head coach Bill Peters can get more out of the man advantage, the Hurricanes could see a nice boost overall.
Jun 29 - 3:10 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes have scheduled seven preseason games for 2013-14.

That includes five road games against Buffalo, the New York Islanders, St. Louis, Columbus, and Washington. The Hurricanes will also host the Sabres and Blue Jackets.
Jun 18 - 8:32 AM

Carolina Hurricanes and Plymouth Whalers owner Peter Karmanos is threatening to relocate the latter.

Karmanos was citing lackluster attendance as the reason he might move the OHL Whalers. "The players want to play in a building that's full," Karmanos said. "When you put a quality team on the ice and you win every year and you're in the playoffs 23 straight years, sooner or later people have to start coming. (But) sooner or later, we have to do something." There's speculation that Hamilton and Flint would be the frontrunners if Karmanos decides to move the team.
May 30 - 5:51 PM

Carolina Hurricanes GM Ron Francis hopes to hire a head coach before the NHL Entry Draft.

One of Francis' first acts as general manager was to fire former bench boss Kirk Muller. Francis didn't offer much insight into who is in the running for the coaching gig or what he wants from his next bench boss, beyond the obvious like an ability to hold players accountable and get his message across. However, Francis did suggest that he'd "ideally" like a coach that was able to identify lines he could stick with as oppose to someone who favors making frequent tweaks. "Sometimes that's not the way it works out, and it may be keeping two together and adding a third based on injuries or matchups," Francis said. "But you need that continuity on the ice."
May 25 - 6:23 AM

Eric Staal badly wants to make the playoffs, but he doesn't want to be traded.

"I've been here a long time. I love it here," he said. "I've had success here, and I know and believe that we can have it again and I can be a part of that. Hopefully we can continue to improve and get better and get back there." That being said, there's an off chance the Hurricanes would trade him anyways in an attempt to pull off a big shakeup. Staal had an off year by his standards with 21 goals and 61 points in 79 games.
Apr 16 - 9:15 AM

Eric Staal scored twice to lead the Carolina Hurricanes to a 6-5 shootout win over Philadelphia.

Staal ends the season with 21 goals and 61 points as he had six shots on goal Sunday. It was a fair season for Staal as much more was expected of him offensively, especially on the power play where he managed to score only once all season.
Apr 14 - 6:56 AM

The Carolina Hurricanes power play is ranked 28th overall and a big reason for that is Eric Staal who has scored only once this season.

Staal had six seasons of double digit power play goals before the 2011-12 season but this is his worst season to date. "Too often it was like we were trying to score the perfect goal on the power play when we needed some dirty goals," GM Jim Rutherford said. Staal has only 19 goals and 59 points this season, his worst since he was a rookie. Look for a bounce back season in 2014-15 as Staal is only 29.
Apr 13 - 6:34 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal in Carolina's 4-1 win on Tuesday.

Staal now has 18 goals and 57 points in 73 games this season. Barring an explosive finish to the season, Staal will finish shy of the 70-point mark in a full campaign for the first time since his rookie season.
Apr 2 - 8:43 AM

A longtime fixure as the center on the Hurricanes’ top line, Eric Staal has been used at times on the wing in recent games with Andrei Loktionov at center.

Staal, 29, said he prefers to continue playing center. "It's not just that I'm more comfortable at center but I think I skate better," he said. "I think I'm around the puck more. I think for me to be at the top of my game, center ice is where I need to be. But. . .I can play both, depending on the situation and where we are in a game or where we are within a lineup. I can play the wing, too. Whatever can help us win, that's where I'm going to play. That's all I want to do."
Mar 29 - 9:31 AM

Eric Staal scored a goal for Carolina in Saturday's 3-2 victory over the Jets.

Staal hasn't experienced the kind of year his fantasy owners expected when they drafted him in the pre-season, but he's doing his best to turn things around with three points in his last two games, although this marker was his first goal in 12 contests. Eric's younger brother, Jordan also scored for Carolina in the win, as did Riley Nash.
Mar 22 - 10:24 PM

Eric Staal recorded two assists in Carolina's 3-2 loss to Chicago on Friday.

That gives Staal 54 points in 67 games this season. It's been a bit of a disappointing season by his standards as he's in serious danger of finishing below the 70-point mark in an 82-game campaign for the first time since 2003-04.
Mar 22 - 9:39 AM

Eric Staal scored the only Carolina goal in a 4-1 loss to the Stars on Thursday night.

Staal's goal didn't have much impact on the game's result, but it did manage to ruin Kari Lehtonen's shutout bid. Jiri Tlusty and Andrej Sekera drew assists on the marker.
Feb 28 - 12:30 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Eric Staal
2Jordan Staal
3Jay McClement
4Riley Nash
5Patrick Brown
LW1Jeff Skinner
2Nathan Gerbe
3Jiri Tlusty
4Phil Di Giuseppe
5Brock McGinn
6Sergey Tolchinsky
RW1Alexander Semin
2Elias Lindholm
3Pat Dwyer
4Zach Boychuk
D1Justin Faulk
2Andrej Sekera
3Ron Hainsey
4Ryan Murphy
5Tim Gleason
6John-Michael Liles
7Brett Bellemore
8Jay Harrison
G1Cam Ward
2Anton Khudobin