In 2005-06, Eric Staal had the best season of his career. He posted 45 goals and 100 points, finished seventh in scoring and put an exclamation point on the campaign by hoisting the Stanley Cup on the back of a nine-goal, 28-point post-season performance, making him the playoff’s highest scorer.
At that point in his career, Staal was considered among the league’s elite. He was one of the faces of the NHL. In 2006-07, he scored 30 goals and 70 points and was selected as the cover athlete for EA Sports’ NHL 08, which he followed up by eclipsing the 80-point plateau again with a 38-goal, 82-point campaign in 2007-08. That led to Staal inking a six-year, $57.75-million extension in the off-season, which carries an annual cap hit of $8.25 million. Now, with the 2015-16 season about to begin, Staal’s contract is set to expire.
With Staal heading towards unrestricted free agency, there has been talk the Hurricanes could try to bring him back. But according to Le Journal de Montreal’s Renaud Lavoie, if Carolina plans to re-sign their, they could be on the hook for $9 million per season. Read more