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Staal brothers want to get 'Canes back in playoffs

Posted June 26, 2012

— At most weddings, the time between dinner and dessert is reserved for dancing, toasting or socializing – the activities that fill photo albums and memory banks.

For the Staal family, which celebrated 23-year-old Jordan's wedding this past weekend, that time was filled with both shock and excitement as everyone at the reception learned that former Pittsburgh Penguin Jordan had been traded to his big brother's team. 

For Eric Staal, Carolina's captain, learning the news before having dessert was fitting.

"It was a nice, sweet surprise to me," he told The Insiders Tuesday morning on 620 The Buzz. "The draft was on in the lobby and our agent was down there. It happened, and he pulled myself and Jordan out right away to tell us."

It didn't take long for the news to spread through the crowd, a crowd filled with family members and Penguins, many of whom Jordan became close with in his five years in Pittsburgh.

"It was shocking at first and a little emotional," Eric Staal said Tuesday. "He had a lot of his teammates there enjoying a special day, and knowing he wasn't going to be there next year was a little tough. But once he looked at the big picture, he was excited. It was a cool night – a little hectic, but great."

The hectic schedule will likely continue for Jordan Staal, who will celebrate his nuptials by moving to Raleigh and becoming the third member of his family in the Hurricanes organization. Jared Staal, the youngest of the four Staal brothers, was with the AHL's Charlotte Checkers in 2011-12. 

"It's a lot easier (on our parents)," Eric Staal quipped Tuesday. "They love coming down here. They love Raleigh, and now it just gives me another chance to send them to another house when they come down. They don't always have to stay with me." 

While it isn't clear how head coach Kirk Muller will incorporate the newest Staal – also a center – into the lineup, Eric Staal said Tuesday that the addition of an "extremely balanced two-way player" makes the Hurricanes better right away.

"We'll have discussions about our lineup and what gives us the best opportunity to win," Eric Staal said. "Having us 1-2 down the middle would be two solid lines, but if they feel we have a better opportunity to win games with me on the wing, I'm happy to do that." 

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If Muller decides to put both Eric and Jordan Staal on Carolina's top line, it wouldn't be a first for the brothers. The pair spent time on the same line during a game in the 2007 World Championships in Moscow, an event Canada won.

Regardless of how the lineups look in October, Eric said he and his brother are ready to lead the Hurricanes back to the playoffs, a place the organization hasn't been since the 2008-09 season. 

"We're very fortunate that Jim (Rutherford) was able to string a deal together and make it happen," Eric Staal said of the trade that sent Brandon Sutter, Brian Dumoulin and the No. 8 pick to Pittsburgh. "I added a brother, but we added a great player, too."

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  • jazzmanjim Jun 27, 1:32 p.m.

    No matter what happens for the rest of the off season we, at the very least, have some media buzz going for us. I am one that is optimistic that JR is not done though. We probably won't get Parise, Ryan, Nash, or Suter, but there are some other players that could come our way. Now that we have Jordan we are not in as dire need of the 1st tier players.

  • evenflow2005 Jun 27, 2:04 a.m.

    My two cents worth: Also, just because a team sells out every game and has the big bucks to buy big time players doesn't mean they are going to make it to the playoffs. Look at Toronto. They are sold out for the next twenty years and they have been stinking ever since we knocked them out of the playoffs in 2006. Players have to click together and be comfortable together to be a successful team. That's why teams are constantly trading.

  • Gunnstigator Jun 26, 8:48 p.m.

    Jimmy go to Capgeek.com to see what I'm talking about. If it was to go down my way, signing Zach... View More

    — Posted by babedan

    I hope you understand now what everyone is saying. We have a budget and we're just about there... View More

    — Posted by Jimmytwotimes

    I don't see JR opening up his wallet too wide after getting Jordan either. I caught the tail end of JR on the DG show today, and they were joking about getting Whitney back, but the way JR responded, I wouldn't count on that either. I'd LOVE to see the Wizard back on the roster! I don't think we'll get Parise, and even Nash and Ryan may be a stretch.

  • Jimmytwotimes Jun 26, 5:27 p.m.

    Jimmy go to Capgeek.com to see what I'm talking about. If it was to go down my way, signing Zach... View More

    — Posted by babedan

    I hope you understand now what everyone is saying. We have a budget and we're just about there after we sign J Staal and leave room to sign skinner next year. The only teams up around the cap budget are big market teams that make playoffs every year and sell out every game. not Carolina with its average attendance of 15000 at best and no recent playoff runs. We can probably give up a couple million more and thats it, and no one wants Jussi or Joni for there star scorer.
    We'll be just fine next year as long as we pick up whitney or parenteau and the Staals,skinner,Ruutu and Ward don't have junk years.

  • mesocell Jun 26, 4:22 p.m.

    The Kings just won the Stanley Cup as an 8th seed people.....You don't need to spend like... View More

    — Posted by Return of Finz

    The Kings making the playoffs as the 8th seed has no bearing on 1) how much money they spend on payroll or 2) that they were a poor team that squeaked into the playoffs. Kings have a very nice roster and rode a hot goalie in Quick..... much like Ward got hot for us in 2006. I don't know salary numbers, but I would doubt the Kings are at the bottom of the payroll ledger.

  • mesocell Jun 26, 4:18 p.m.

    This will be interesting. With Staal, Staal and Skinner, we have three talented and young... View More

    — Posted by mesocell

    Couple of cups over the next 5 years? How about a couple of winning seasons instead of this... View More

    — Posted by americaneel

    This is true. We need some winning seasons and make the playoffs before talk of Cup runs. Honestly though, while another winger would be nice, I still think we should look at the blue line next. Cam needs more help here, and we have some nice young talent (Faulk, Murphy). But I would be OK with seeing how the lines form as is with the three centers, if that gives Bowman, Dalpe and Boychuk some more room to grow and we get more blue line help.

    A realistic goal for this year should be to make the post season and put up a good showing. And not get off to the slow start on the road. The State Fair always puts the Canes at a handicap at the start of the season.

  • hurricane04343 Jun 26, 3:32 p.m.

    Jimmy - we have 20 million in cap room, Staal signs for 6.5 million that leaves 15.5 million in... View More

    — Posted by babedan

    If only it were that easy. But it isn't. We can sit here all day and say, "Let's trade our washed up players for one of the best players in the league", but realistically, that isn't going to happen.

    We are reportedly one of the top four teams in the running for Nash. Columbus is asking for 2 roster players and 2 prospects. We can't give that up now that Sutter and Dumoulin is gone. You are suggesting that we give up our top defenseman, a 3rd line depth player, three top prospects, and arguably our best defensive winger for ONE winger who has been on the decline for years? That's insane. Not to mention, we aren't one of Nash's "preferred destinations", so he would likely not approve a trade here.

    As for Ryan, that is more likely, but it would require us to give up yet another top defensive prospect. That would probably be Murphy. Maybe they will take Joni, but they won't take Jussi. We would need to throw in another roster player or a top prospect (Murphy) to have them even consider our offer.

    And then Parise, I would say 29 of the 30 teams in the league are trying to sign him. Why would he come here? If a bidding war occurs, and that is most likely, we can't afford him. We can't give him $8+ million a season. That is not only out of our reach, but it is idiotic. That is more than Staal gets, and Staal is overpaid himself. Not to mention, Parise has said he wants to go somewhere where he will be the spotlight player. i.e. Not to a team that has 3 star forwards on it. He's also going to lean towards a team that actually wins.

    So where are we at? Our best chance is Ryan, but that is probably unlikely. We will have to make a play for Whitney or P.A. Parenteau in free agency. And that's all we can do. Sorry, arm chair GM's.

  • Return of Finz Jun 26, 2:18 p.m.

    The Kings just won the Stanley Cup as an 8th seed people.....You don't need to spend like drunken sailors to win.

    One thing is for sure. You have NO SHOT if you can't even make the playoffs. Staal turned down a LOT of money for the opportunity to play along side of his brother and we could possibly have 2 elite players spend the rest of their careers in Raleigh

  • aoakley336 Jun 26, 1:34 p.m.

    Jimmy - we have 20 million in cap room, Staal signs for 6.5 million that leaves 15.5 million in... View More

    — Posted by babedan

    Its very far-fetched. The Canes have a self-imposed salary cap, and it is far below the league's cap.

  • Jimmytwotimes Jun 26, 1:33 p.m.

    Jimmy - we have 20 million in cap room, Staal signs for 6.5 million that leaves 15.5 million in... View More

    — Posted by babedan

    I hear ya, but just cause thats the NHL cap room dosen't mean thats the Hurricanes budget. we always stay well under the cap with our team budget. In a perfect world we could give up those players and get Nash or Ryan, however with all the bidding from other teams and better players thrown into the mix than we have to offer i think it would have to look more like this.....Skinner,Faulk,Dalpe for Nash or Ryan to really make it happen(which none of us want to give up Skinner and Faulk). We'll see, maybe JR will go in way over his head in hopes of a long playoff run breakin us even but I doubt it. I'm thinking Whitney's coming back and that will be it, which isn't to bad if he puts up his usual 55pts again.

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