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  • shepherdofwolves Jan 15, 2010
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    4 goals in the last 5 ain't bad.

  • bigfiddlepbc Jan 6, 2010

    Is he actually playing ice hockey or auditioning for Stars on Ice? The only players making any noticeable impact are the younger players who get to play a few shifts, score, and then get re-assigned by Coach Blo because they don't play his dump and chase, clutch and grab, don't try to score style of defensive hockey. The other Staal brothers are having good years, but Eric is invisible.

  • shepherdofwolves Dec 29, 2009
    All Star

    I agree. He's doing his pops and uncles proud.

  • kennywalters Dec 29, 2009
    Sports Legend

    I like the way Sutter plays. I also was impressed with how mature he came off in the postgame interview last night.

  • shepherdofwolves Dec 29, 2009
    All Star

    Yup. And our finishing has been terrible this season. Samsonov and Larose have been killing me. So many blown opportunities. Whit/Jok/Roo have been getting more consistent in that department. Sutter continues to impress.

  • kennywalters Dec 29, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Most of your big point scorers have a lot of their points via assists. Therefore, it is probable that they play on the ice at the same time as other "finishers".

  • shepherdofwolves Dec 29, 2009
    All Star

    Got to agree with Kenny here. Numbers are down across the board. Canes were dead last in the league in goals per game last time I checked. Although I suppose it's possible we jumped past the Isles with that sixer outburst last night.

    I've liked the move of putting Staal on the wing with Cullen at center and Jok on the other side. You've got speed and creativity opening the center of the ice that Staal can exploit. Maybe we get on a role. Who knows.

  • kennywalters Dec 29, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Has anyone taken into account that Staal's production is hampered by the overall terrible play of the Canes this season? If the team becomes more consistent in playing well, then you'll see Staal's production rise.

  • redistrumps Dec 29, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Well he certainly was AWESOME last night, loved seeing him fight Ovechkin for that puck and empty-netter at end of game last night.

  • kenshi Dec 29, 2009

    Its pretty clear that Eric has been playing despite still not being 100%. That said, and despite being out for a few games earlier this year, he has 27 points in 39 (total, including games where he was out of line up) games. Not terrible but certainly not as good as he can be. I don't think we have any problem in general with Staal and I certainly don't think he will be traded anytime in the foreseeable future.

  • edits Dec 29, 2009
    Sports Legend

    View quoted thread

    How about now?

  • StunGunn Dec 29, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Well, after getting five points in last night's game against one of the best teams in the NHL, I'd say Staal may have turned the corner.

  • backnblack1969 Dec 28, 2009
    Sports Legend

    Not too good

  • evenflow2005 Dec 28, 2009

    I think Staal is still hurt but is playing anyway.

  • gwnunn Dec 24, 2009

    Staal decided he was getting paid so much he doesn't have to produce until his contract comes due again. I think he is scared of getting hit. He is way to shy of pain to be a constant scorer. Trade him now while he is still young. He gets a little older he will be afraid to take the ice. He picked this kind of job now its time for him to do it or get out of it.

  • evenflow2005 Dec 4, 2009

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    Is that what his problem is this year ? With a salary of $57.75-Mil.for 7-years, he's up there with the superstars like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin. The only problem is Staal is not puting up the game numbers these players are. Anyway.....Go Canes !!!!!

  • jackcdneh1017 Dec 2, 2009
    Towel Boy

    Eric Staal for Thomas Kaberle. Good for both clubs

  • Notinitforthemoney Oct 19, 2009

    I think Jordan is having a good year so far. He works well next to guys like Malkin, Crosby, Gerin, Gonchar, etc... GO PENS

  • dogeatdog Oct 19, 2009
    All Star

    If they don't start scoring some goals soon to help Cam Ward out, it really won't matter later in the season.

  • redistrumps Oct 19, 2009
    Sports Legend

    He is a brand new father, I think he is not getting the sleep he needs. He will adjust and be fine I believe.

  • StunGunn Oct 19, 2009
    Sports Legend

    I think Staal will get his points, but I am concerned with his health, especially so early in the season. I really like this team. Rutherford did a great job resigning key players and bringing back Aaron Ward. Unfortunately, The Canes haven't lived up to expectations so far. The season is young and I have hope they will turn things around. That said, Staal's lack of production is a definite concern.

  • HockeyRules Oct 15, 2009
    All Star

    Not good. I really feel like something has to be going on health wise.

    Bottom line, he is the team's "star" and the "star" has to produce. He cannot disappear for a long stretch.

  • dhuffman Oct 15, 2009
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    Eric Staal has two goals and no assists through six games. Some say it's early and he'll get his points; other fans want to see more production. What do you think of the Canes' star center so far?

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