Rangers land Eric Staal in trade with ‘Canes

Dhiren Mahiban
Eric Staal (Len Redkoles/Getty Images)

Eric Saal is headed to New York.

Rangers acquired the Carolina Hurricanes captain in exchange for prospect Aleksi Saarela and second-round picks in both 2016 and 2017,  the team confirmed.

In order to facilitate the deal, Staal had to waive his no-trade clause.

Staal, who joins brother Marc Staal, is in the final year of his seven-year, $57.7 million contract and set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

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Rumor Roundup: Eric Staal still hasn’t been asked to waive no-trade clause

Eric Staal

While the NHL trade deadline is fast approaching, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal remains in limbo. A pending free-agent in July, there’s been no reported progress in contract talks between Staal’s agent and Hurricanes GM Ron Francis.

However, The News & Observer’s Chip Alexander reports Francis still hasn’t approached the 31-year-old Staal about waiving his no-trade clause. The Hurricanes captain isn’t ruling out doing so, though he cautions it depends upon the deal and the destination.

Francis could be simply waiting until deadline day to move Staal, hoping to drive up his trade value. Despite the lack of news regarding Staal’s trade status, speculation persists over potential destinations. TSN’s Bob McKenzie wonders if the New York Rangers can resist the temptation to make a pitch to the Hurricanes, especially after dealing away future assets in recent years.

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Trade deadline target Eric Staal: “I’ve got to play better than I have”

Eric Staal (left) and Frank Corrado (Photo by Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

Eric Staal emerged from the Carolina Hurricanes changing area into the dressing room with a scowl on his face. That had a lot to do with the fact that his team had just lost a crucial game to the second-worst team in the league, but also because he knew the questions about his future were coming.

With the trade of Andrew Ladd earlier in the evening, Staal became the marquee player available leading up to Monday’s trade deadline, that is if indeed he’s available. This much we know: Staal has not been asked by Hurricanes GM Ron Francis to waive his no-trade clause of yet and he’s not sure what he would do if he were asked. He’s in the last year of his contract and there has not been a single offer for a contract extension made to him this season, nor has there been a proposal put to the Hurricanes by Staal’s agent Rick Curran.

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Rumor Roundup: Ladd, Staal and Boedker worth watching with one week until deadline

Mikkel Boedker (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

The NHL’s Feb. 29 trade deadline is only a week away. As the big day approaches, Winnipeg Jets left wing Andrew Ladd, Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal and Arizona Coyotes winger Mikkel Boedker top the list of players expected to be on the move.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers are possible destinations for the 30-year-old Jets captain. Both teams have the cap space to take on the remainder of his $4.4-million cap hit. Friedman also speculates the Chicago Blackhawks and Anaheim Ducks could get in on the bidding.

TSN’s Gary Lawless also believes the Panthers, Blackhawks and Ducks could pursue Ladd, along with the Los Angeles Kings, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He claims the Jets received an offer from one club of a first-round pick and a prospect, though he didn’t indicate where it came from.

If the Jets trade Ladd, they could seek a return that helps them now and in the future. With the Islanders and Panthers having depth in good young forwards, that could give them an edge over the Blackhawks and Ducks. As for the Capitals, recent reports out of Washington suggest they’re in the market for a depth defenseman, not a first-line left wing. Read more

NHL rookies have to navigate the financial waters as part of big-league adjustment

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Jeff Skinner. (Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)

What started as a $5 foot-long on Jeff Skinner’s dinner plate is now a filet mignon. Every juicy bite perfectly symbolizes the transition from junior hockey to life as a professional in the NHL, and it literally happened to Skinner. He remembers scrounging his cash during his OHL days with the Kitchener Rangers to hit up Subway for whatever sandwich was on special. The next thing he knew, Carolina drafted him seventh overall in 2010 and he was an 18-year-old wunderkind, sniping 31 goals en route to the Calder Trophy. He signed an entry-level contract in September of that season paying him a $900,000 salary and a $500,000 performance bonus. His bank account ballooned. Submarine sandwiches were no longer a necessity.

One look at Skinner’s baby face betrays his age, sure. But this puts into perspective just how young he was as a suddenly wealthy NHL rookie: he says a car wasn’t the first thing he ran out to buy, because he had only just learned to drive before he moved to Raleigh.

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Rumor Roundup: Hurricanes playoff push could make them hold on to Eric Staal

Eric Staal (Photo by Gregg Forwerck/NHLI via Getty Images)

Throughout this season, many pundits believed Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal would be moved by the Feb. 29 trade deadline. With the Hurricanes in rebuilding mode and Staal’s numbers in decline, it was assumed the two sides would part ways.

The Hurricanes’ recent improvement, however, has them in striking distance of a playoff berth. That could prompt GM Ron Francis to reconsider trading his 31-year-old captain. Even if Francis puts Staal on the trade block, TSN’s Frank Seravalli believes finding a suitable trade partner could be easier said than done.

Staal’s $8.25-million salary-cap hit is the sticking point. Seravalli claims only six playoff-bound clubs – the Dallas Stars, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks, Colorado Avalanche and Nashville Predators – can afford to take it on by the deadline.

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Rumor Roundup: Andrew Ladd should be most sought-after trade chip

Andrew Ladd.

The Tampa Bay Lightning’s announcement that superstar Steven Stamkos won’t be dealt by the Feb. 29 trade deadline could provide a boost to the trade value of Winnipeg Jets left winger Andrew Ladd. Like Stamkos, the 30-year-old Jets captain is eligible for unrestricted free agency in July.

Since re-signing defenseman Dustin Byfuglien to a five-year contract extension last week, it’s widely assumed the Jets will shop Ladd. Having already invested heavily in one 30-year-old star, it’s believed the Jets can’t afford to retain Ladd, who reportedly seeks a six-year deal worth over $40 million.

Ladd remains in limbo as Jets management evaluate their plans going forward and where their captain fits into them. With the trade deadline fast approaching, however, he won’t be in a holding pattern for long.

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