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Carolina Hurricanes trade captain Eric Staal to New York Rangers

By Marcus Hondro     Feb 28, 2016 in Sports
One of the most talked about deals in these weeks leading up to Monday's trade deadline has at last been consumed. Eric Staal, long the face of the Carolina Hurricanes franchise, has been traded to the New York Rangers.
Staal, 31, has spent his entire career with the Hurricanes, winning a Stanley Cup in his second NHL season, 2005-06. He now moves over to the Rangers with New York giving up a 2016 second-round draft choice, a 2017 second-round draft choice and Finnish prospect Aleksi Saarela; Saarela was taken in last year's entry draft in the third-round, 89th overall, and is playing in Finland.
With the Rangers pushing for a Stanley Cup and Carolina again floundering and out of contention for postseason play, it seemed inevitable that Staal, a center, would be dealt, especially given he becomes a UFA on July 1, or at least he does if he doesn't sign with New York before then.
Ranger GM Jeff Gorton said Carolina has retained a portion of Staal's current $8.25 million cap hit (Staal is actually making $9.5 million this season) leaving his club with room to add yet another player should the chance to do so arise before tomorrow's noon PST trade deadline.
Staal waived his no-trade contract to go to New York and join defenceman brother Marc after four seasons with brother Jordan, who came over to the Canes from Pittsburgh. Once he plays alongside Marc he will have played with all three of his brothers in the NHL; Jared Staal played 2 games with Eric and the Hurricanes in 2012-13; Jared now plays in the ECHL.
Carolina made Eric the 2nd overall pick in the 2003 NHL Entry draft and he leaves holding many team records. In 909 games his numbers were 322-453-775, all Hurricane records. He also has the most hat tricks (13), power-play goals (105), short-handed goals (16), game-winning goals (47) and penalty minutes (674) in Carolina franchise history.
Staal had been Carolina's captain since 2010.
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