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Eric Staal | Center | #12

Team: Carolina Hurricanes
Age / DOB:  (31) / 10/29/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 205
Drafted: 2003 / Rd. 1 (2) / CAR
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Eric Staal has just two points in his last 10 contests.
Hurricanes captain is definitely slumping right now and you have to wonder if the trade rumors are affecting him. The 31-year-old is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at season's end. He has nine goals and 30 points in 54 points this season. Feb 8 - 9:32 AM

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Eric Staal will play in his 900th game on Sunday against Montreal.

Perhaps this is a fitting time for the milestone as the Hurricanes' captain has been long rumored to be amenable to a move up north. However this has easily been Staal's worst campaign since he was a rookie in 2003-04. This season he's posted just nine goals and 30 points and a woeful shooting percentage of just 6.9%.
Feb 7 - 1:43 PM

Eric Staal’s agent is going to meet with the Hurricanes next week, according to Sportsnet's Damien Cox.

Staal is "frustrated" by the "limbo he’s been left in," according to Cox. His agent, Rick Curran, will attempt to find out what the Hurricanes’ plans are for his client. Staal is making $9.5 million in the last year of a seven-year contract. He has nine goals and 28 points. More than likely, the Hurricanes will look to move him.
Jan 16 - 11:07 PM

Eric Staal scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Staal opened the scoring at the 3:52 mark of the third period, and he assisted on Kris Versteeg's goal just less than six minutes later. The 31-year-old has nine goals and 28 points in 44 games this season. Jeff Skinner added the game-winner in overtime.
Jan 12 - 10:11 PM

The Carolina Hurricanes and Eric Staal still aren't negotiating a contract extension.

Unless that changes, trade rumors regarding Staal are going to pick up in intensity as we approach the trade deadline. Carolina does still have a shot at squeezing into the playoffs, but it certainly wouldn't be surprising if there chances look bleak by the time the deadline arrives. Staal admitted that the uncertainty surrounding his future has been "more challenging than I thought it would be." He has eight goals and 26 points in 43 contests in 2015-16.
Jan 12 - 10:25 AM

With his goal and assist during Thursday's 4-2 win over Washington, Eric Staal now has points in four of his last five games.

It's been a trying season for Staal, but with his pair of points he's now up to eight goals and 24 points in 36 games this season. That ain't bad at all, even for a 31-year-old veteran forward.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 09:51:00 PM

Eric Staal scored two goals in a 3-2 loss to the Devils on Tuesday night.

With trade rumors swirling all year, Staal has really struggled to put up points this season. He remains a hold for fantasy owners in the event of a trade out of Carolina. He now has 22 points in 37 games this season.
Tue, Dec 29, 2015 09:39:00 PM

Eric Staal recorded an assist in a 2-1 defeat Monday night.

Staal had gone four straight games without a point. He has five goals and 14 assists in 34 games, putting him on pace for just 46 points in his contract season.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 08:31:00 AM

Although Eric Staal's agent, Rick Curran, and Hurricanes GM Ron Francis talked on Tuesday, it seems that nothing is imminent when it comes to Staal's contract situation.

The two sides have basically put the negotiations on hold until 2016. Staal is in the final campaign of his contract, but finding fair value for him might be difficult. Is he willing to take a significant pay cut compared to his current seven-year, $57.75 million deal? After all, he's been on the decline from an offensive perspective over the last few years and has 17 points in 28 games this season.
Source: TSN.ca
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 06:02:00 PM

Eric Staal scored a goal and added an assist in Carolina’s 5-4 win over Arizona.

Staal scored off a Coyotes turnover in their own end, benefitting from a great pass by Elias Lindholm. His second point of the night was an assist on Justin Faulk’s powerplay goal coming in the final seconds of regulation. His goal, coming in the second period, gave his team a 3-2 lead at the time. Staal had just two points in his last nine games before Sunday’s contest. His two point effort brings his season total to five goals and 16 points in 27 games.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 08:22:00 PM

Coach Bill Peters switched up his line combinations on Saturday.

It worked as the Hurricanes defeated the high-flying Canadiens 3-2. Eric Staal centered Elias Lindholm and recent call up Brock McGinn while his brother Jordan played alongside Joakim Nordstrom and Andrej Nestrasil. Victor Rask was on a line with Phillip Di Giuseppe and Jeff Skinner as well. Look for the lines to remain the same (at least at the start of the game) Sunday.
Sun, Dec 6, 2015 06:38:00 AM

Although nothing appears to be imminent when it comes to re-signing Eric Staal, he seems very open to doing so.

"I like the direction Ron has taken this team, the things he’s been able to do," Staal said, referring to Hurricanes GM Ron Francis. "We’ll try to hammer something out. Hopefully they want me to stay here, and if they want to go in a different direction and do different things, then, hey, that’s life. I’ll move on and go from there. But I said from Day One I’ve been in this organization my whole (career) and like to continue the way it’s going. I like the steps we’re taking. But those are decisions that will be made when we get there." The big question is how much Staal expects to be paid, especially given that he declined to 54 points last season and might drop even further in 2015-16.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 10:25:00 AM

Eric Staal registered an assist in a 4-1 victory over Edmonton.

Staal snapped a four-game point drought. He has 13 points in 21 contests, which is an underwhelming start by his standards. He's now on pace fall below his disappointing 54-point 2014-15 campaign. Even though he's only 31, Carolina has to keep his descent in mind should they wish to re-sign him. At this point his reputation might be more valuable than his current on-ice work.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 10:40:00 AM

Eric Staal’s future could be much clearer by the end of the month.

According to Damien Cox of Sportsnet, Staal and his agent are expected to hear from Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis by then. The ownership situation could play heavily into whether they try to re-sign him, or are forced to deal him. Staal, an unrestricted free agent this offseason, has four goals and 12 points in 19 games.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 09:47:00 PM

Eric Staal, a pending unrestricted free agent, would prefer to re-sign with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Staal acknowledged that he wants to come back, but says that he and the Hurricanes' front office haven't had any formal discussions yet. "It could be in the next month or two, I don't know," Staal said. "There's other guys in the League in the same situation as me. It'll work itself out, and whatever way it goes, we'll continue on." The 31-year-old has four goals and 12 points in 18 games this season.
Source: NHL.com
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 09:50:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Eric Staal
2Jordan Staal
3Victor Rask
4Jay McClement
5Brad Malone
LW1Jeff Skinner
2Joakim Nordstrom
3Nathan Gerbe
4Chris Terry
5Phil Di Giuseppe
RW1Elias Lindholm
2Kris Versteeg
3Riley Nash
4Andrej Nestrasil
D1Justin Faulk
2Ron Hainsey
3John-Michael Liles
4Noah Hanifin
5Michal Jordan
6Jaccob Slavin
7Brett Pesce
8James Wisniewski
G1Cam Ward
2Eddie Lack