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Jordan Staal, 'Canes hope to win fans back

Posted January 16, 2013

— With only three days left in an offseason that spanned more than six months, the Carolina Hurricanes are busy â€“ both on the ice and off â€“ preparing to welcome hockey back to the Triangle. 

The club is offering tickets at reduced prices to generate interest ahead of two homes games next week, and head coach Kirk Muller and his staff are frantically trying to determine how best to use new talent added to the squad before the 113-day lockout began in September. Carolina Hurricanes Logo Carolina Hurricanes schedule

The most talked about addition, center Jordan Staal, said he is ready to hit the ice and try to find an answer to the question he's been asked countless times since agreeing to a 10-year deal with the 'Canes in July: "How do you think it will be to play with your brother?"

"We opened up a whole new can of worms with me coming here," Staal joked Wednesday when he spoke with Mike and Mark on 620 The Buzz.

Whether or not the Staals spend any time on the ice together is yet to be seen, but Jordan said the team as a whole is ready to be back after a lockout that eliminated almost half of the regular season games. 

"It was a frustrating time, no question," Staal said. "For a player, you just want to play. For the business side to come out is a frustrating thing when you love the game so much. You were just kind of caught in limbo."

The limbo extended to fans as well, as the league and its players seemed close to a deal several different times during the fall. When a deal finally did happen, and players arrived at preaseason camp Sunday, Staal said he could tell that the team was ready to go.

"There is no better way to get the fans back in the rink than to go out and play as hard as we can," he said. "It's going to be exciting hockey this season. And with every game meaning more, hopefully it's going to be a good time."

Carolina's first regular season tilt comes Saturday evening at 7 p.m. when the Hurricanes visit the Florida Panthers. 

"There are a lot of games in a short period of time," Staal said. "But all of the teams are in the same boat. Teams are going to be tired, but those in the best shape will be able to win games."

In Carolina's only preseason scrimmage Tuesday, Jordan Staal found himself in a familiar position when he faced off against his brother. Paired on a line with Jeff Skinner and Zac Dalpe, Staal scored one of two goals for his team in a 5-2 loss. Staal said playing on a line with Skinner, who tallied 64 points a season ago, is fine with him.

"Coach has to figure out and find the right guys to work on the same line," he said. "Skinner is going to figure out a way to make things happen every shift. We're both excited to play together. Hopefully, we can do some damage."

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  • Hokies94 Jan 16, 4:17 p.m.

    I don't know if the fans will be back like they were previously.

  • juniorsk831 Jan 16, 4:09 p.m.

    We don't need all that negativity! GO CANES!

  • Willie_11 Jan 16, 3:51 p.m.

    Got my opening night tix too - lower level! Go Hurricanes!

  • 321oohaw Jan 16, 3:41 p.m.

    12-36

  • Cragsdale Jan 16, 3:34 p.m.

    Shaddup, Staal. Once the fans see what a bum you are they'll want to tar and feather Rutherford... View More

    — Posted by Hans

    Hans, you're a Doucebag.

    — Posted by Wags

    just ignorant that's all. don't waste your time quoting foolish people. We have alot of positives to look forward to this year. Can't wait til I have a day off to go see a game.

  • Wags Jan 16, 2:50 p.m.

    Shaddup, Staal. Once the fans see what a bum you are they'll want to tar and feather Rutherford... View More

    — Posted by Hans

    Hans, you're a Doucebag.

  • common tater Jan 16, 2:34 p.m.

    Just bought opening night tickets...can't wait!

  • Hans Jan 16, 2:14 p.m.

    Shaddup, Staal. Once the fans see what a bum you are they'll want to tar and feather Rutherford for signing you to that ridiculous contract.

  • Ohprah Jan 16, 2:09 p.m.

    All you bitter non season ticket renewers are really going to be whining when you can't get playoff tickets. You picked the wrong year for your boycott.

  • juniorsk831 Jan 16, 1:50 p.m.

    It is hard for the common person to root for a bunch of guys that complain their $ millions just... View More

    — Posted by Luv2Camp

    your choice to do that for sure. I think a lot of fans will come back and if they don't we move on without them. The lockout was unfortunate but it's done and while the team can't do enough to say they are sorry, I'm ready for some hockey.

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