Shockingly, today marks the end of the Eric Staal era in Carolina. He spent 12 years in Carolina and gave them everything he had to offer during the great and bad times. Eric will be joining his brother Marc in New York.
Next, on the business side the Hurricanes where going to have to trade him at some point as the franchise seems to be in a rebuilding mode. The Thunder Bay native waived his no-trade clause to make this happen. Staal will be shipped to the Rangers for two second round draft picks and a solid Finnish prospect in Aleksi Saarela, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. Also the Canes are suppose to retain nearly half of Staal’s salary.
Furthermore, in Staal’s 12 years in Carolina, he produced a great career by playing 909 games with the addition of finding the back of the net with 322 goals, picking up 453 assists for a total of 775 points. His career average of ice time per game is sitting at 20:13.
In addition, the 31-year-old has had a good year by scoring 10 goals, assisting his teammates 23 times for 33 points in 63 games. He has averaged 19:17 of ice time this season, which is the third lowest of his career.
Finally, Staal will add more experience to an already veteran team. Not only will he bring that, he will bring more offense if it is goal scoring or being a playmaker to setup his teammates to have a better shot that could lead to more goals. Now, he is somewhat a liability on the defensive side, but makes the routine defensive plays. Him joining a defensive squad will help hide his weakness.