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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Mikko Koivu
2Eric Staal
3Erik Haula
4Joel Eriksson Ek
LW1Zach Parise
2Mikael Granlund
3Jason Zucker
4Teemu Pulkkinen
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