The Wild have signed Eric Staal to a three-year contract worth $10.5 million ($3.5M AAV).
Staal is a former 100-point player, but has seen his career numbers come crashing down in recent years. After he was traded to the Rangers at the deadline, he struggled mightily, posting just six assists (3G / 3A) in 20 regular season games and failed to record a point in five post-season games. His recent struggles were detrimental to his UFA value, allowing the Wild to sign him to a potential bargain $3.5M AAV contract.
The Rangers have acquired Eric Staal from the Hurricanes for a 2016 second round pick, a 2017 second round pick and Aleksi Saarela.
Staal has been with the Hurricanes since being drafted second overall in 2003. He has seen his offensive output dip in recent years and has posted just 10 goals and 23 assists (33 points) in 63 games this season. He is a pending unrestricted free agent and leaves one brother (Jordan) to join another (Marc). He will play in the Rangers’ top-6 and shouldn’t be leaned on as heavily as he was in Carolina.
Staal missed the Hurricanes morning skate, but he is expected to be in the lineup tonight. Coach Bill Peters said that Staal is battling a “minor” illness. Staal has one goal, three assists and 16 shots in his last four games.
Staal (foot) missed practice on Wednesday; expect to play Thursday.
Staal, who suffered a foot injury on Sunday vs. Detroit, played through the pain on Monday, but missed today’s practice. Coach Bill Peters expects to have Staal on the ice for tomorrow’s pre game skate and have him in the lineup when they take on the Lightning tomorrow night. Staal has gone cold, failing to record a point in his last four games. He has 15 points (6G / 9A) in 22 games this season.
Staal (lower-body) skated for about 20 minutes this morning.
Staal suffered a lower-body injury on Sunday vs. the Red Wings. He was blasted by shot in the foot area and left the game in some discomfort. He took part in the Canes’ optional morning skate, but left after about 20 minutes, putting his availability for tonight in some doubt. Expect an update shortly.
Staal (upper-body) will be in the Hurricanes lineup on Tuesday.
Staal has missed the last five games with an upper-body injury but was a full participant in the last two practices and will be a go on Tuesday. This is a huge boost for the Hurricanes who 0-5-2 on the season. Staal had a goal and an assist in his first two games of the year, so he should pick up right where he left off. He will likely skate on the top line with Alex Semin and Jiri Tlusty.
Staal (upper-body) is on the ice for the Hurricanes optional skate.
Staal has been out for nearly two weeks because of an upper-body injury. The Hurricanes are taking on the Oilers tonight, but Staal is not expected to be in the lineup yet. They have three days off in between games so he will likely get the weekend off and could be back next Tuesday.
Staal (upper-body) has been placed on injured reserve.
The Hurricanes have placed Staal on IR in order to make roster room to recall Brody Sutter. Carolina played with 11 forwards and seven defensemen last night, so this move allows them to play 12 forwards until Staal is ready to return. The move is retroactive to October 11th, meaning he is eligible to be activated from IR whenever he is healthy enough to play.
Staal (upper-body) is skating in a no-contact jersey on Tuesday.
This is Staal's first practice with his team-mates since he suffered the upper-body injury. He will not play tonight, but is definitely nearing a return. He will need to shed that no-contact jersey tomorrow if he is going to play on Thursday or Friday.
Staal (upper-body) is not on the ice for Hurricanes practice.
The Hurricanes are not expecting to have Staal until at least October 28th vs. the Canucks. He skated on his own yesterday, but will need to join his teammates for practice before he is cleared to return to the lineup.
Staal (upper-body) skated on his own on Sunday, might play against the Canucks (Oct 28).
Staal has missed the last two games with an upper-body injury he suffered last Saturday. Sunday marked the first time that Staal skated since being injured, but he is expected to miss at least one more week.